2003 BMW 325Ci / 330Ci Owners Manual (Convertible)

2003 BMW 325Ci / 330Ci Owners Manual (Convertible)
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Owner's Manual
for Vehicle
Contents
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330Ci
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Congratulations, and thank you for choosing a BMW.
Thorough familiarity with your vehicle will provide you with enhanced control and
security when you drive it. Therefore we have one request:
Please take the time to read this Owner's Manual and familiarize yourself with the
information that we have compiled for you before starting off in your new BMW. The
manual contains important data and instructions intended to assist you in obtaining
maximum satisfaction from your BMW's unique array of advanced technical features. It also contains information on vehicle maintenance designed to enhance
operating safety while simultaneously helping you to maintain your BMW's value
throughout an extended service life. For additional information refer to the supplemental manuals.
This Owner's Manual should be considered a permanent part of this vehicle. It
should stay with the vehicle when sold to provide the next owner with important
operating, safety and maintenance information.
We wish you an enjoyable driving experience.
BMW AG
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Notes
About this Owner's Manual
Symbols used
Your individual vehicle
We have made every effort to ensure
that you are able to find what you need
in this Owner's Manual as quickly as
possible. The fastest way to find specific topics is by using the detailed
index at the end. If you wish to gain an
initial overview of your vehicle, you will
find this in the first chapter.
Indicates precautions that must
be followed precisely in order to
avoid the possibility of personal injury
and serious damage to the vehicle.
On purchasing your BMW, you have
decided in favor of a model with individualized equipment and features. This
Owner's Manual describes all models
and equipment that BMW offers within
the same group.
Should you wish to sell your BMW at
some time in the future, please remember to hand over this Owner's Manual
to the new owner; it is an important part
of the vehicle.
If you have any additional questions,
your BMW center will be glad to advise
you.
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Contains information that will
assist you in gaining the optimum
benefit from your vehicle and enable
you to care more effectively for your
vehicle.
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taken to help protect the environment.
Marks the end of a specific item of
information.
Indicates special equipment, country-specific equipment and optional
extras.
Identifies systems or components
which can be activated or adapted
to suit an individual driver's requirements – Vehicle Memory, Key Memory.
Refer to page 69. Activation and adjustments on some of these systems can
be performed at your BMW center.
We hope you will understand that
equipment and features are included
that you might not have chosen for your
vehicle. You can easily identify any differences with the aid of the asterisk
used to identify all optional equipment
and accessories.
If your BMW features equipment which
is not described in this Owner's Manual, such as a car radio or telephone,
supplementary Owner's Manuals are
enclosed. We ask you to read these
manuals as well.
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Notes
Status at time of printing
BMW pursues a policy of continuous,
ongoing development conceived to
ensure that our vehicles continue to
embody the highest quality and safety
standards combined with advanced,
state-of-the-art technology. For this
reason, the features described in this
Owner's Manual could differ from those
in your vehicle. Nor can errors and
omissions be entirely ruled out. You are
therefore asked to appreciate that no
claims can be recognized on the basis
of the data, illustrations or descriptions
in this Owner's Manual.
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For your own safety
Important safety information!
For your own safety, use genuine
Use unleaded gasoline only. Fuels
parts and accessories approved by
containing up to and including
BMW.
10% ethanol or other oxygenates with
When you purchase accessories tested
up to 2.8% oxygen by weight – that is,
and approved by BMW and Original
15% MTBE or 3% methanol plus an
BMW Parts, you simultaneously acquire
equivalent amount of co-solvent – will
the assurance that they have been thornot void the applicable warranties
respecting defects in materials or work- oughly tested by BMW to ensure optimum performance when installed on
manship. Field experience has indiyour vehicle.
cated significant differences in fuel
BMW warrants these parts to be free
quality – volatility, composition, addifrom defects in material and workmantives, etc. among gasolines offered for
ship.
sale in the United States and Canada.
The use of poor-quality fuels may result BMW will not accept any liability for
damage resulting from installation of
in driveability, starting and stalling
parts and accessories not approved by
problems, especially under certain
environmental conditions, such as high BMW.
ambient temperature and high altitude. BMW cannot test every product on the
Should you encounter driveability prob- market to determine whether it can be
used on a BMW safely and without risk
lems which you suspect could be
to either the vehicle, its operation, or its
related to the fuel you are using, we
occupants.
recommend that you respond by
Original BMW Parts, BMW Accessories
switching to a recognized high-quality
and other products approved by BMW,
brand.
together with professional advice on
Failure to comply with these recommendations may result in unscheduled using these items, are available from all
BMW centers.
maintenance.
Installation and operation of non-BMW
Obey all applicable safety rules when
approved accessories such as alarms,
handling gasoline.<
radios, amplifiers, radar detectors,
wheels, suspension components, brake
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Notes
dust shields, telephones – including
operation of any portable cellular phone
from within the vehicle without using an
externally mounted antenna – or transceiver equipment, such as a CB,
walkie-talkie, ham radio or similar
accessories, may cause extensive damage to the vehicle, compromise its
safety, interfere with the vehicle's electrical system or affect the validity of the
BMW Limited Warranty. Contact your
BMW center for additional information.
Do not use key or remote control to
lock doors or luggage compartment
with anyone inside the vehicle. Refer to
the Owner's Manual for more details. <
Maintenance, replacement, or
repair of the emission control
devices and systems may be performed
by any automotive repair establishment
or individual using any certified automotive part.<
Symbol on vehicle parts
Indicates that you should consult
the relevant section of this
Owner's Manual for information on a
particular part or assembly.
Service and warranty
Reporting safety defects
This manual is supplemented by a Service and Warranty Information Booklet
for US models or a Warranty and Service Guide Booklet for Canadian models.
The following only applies to vehicles
owned and operated in the US.
We recommend that you read this publication thoroughly.
Your BMW is covered by the following
warranties:
> New Vehicle Limited Warranty
> Rust Perforation Limited Warranty
If you believe that your vehicle has a
defect which could cause a crash or
could cause injury or death, you should
immediately inform the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA in addition to notifying BMW of
North America, LLC, P.O. Box 1227,
Westwood, New Jersey 07675-1227,
Telephone toll-free 1-800-831-1117.
If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it
may open an investigation, and if it
finds that a safety defect exists in a
> Federal Emissions Performance War- group of vehicles, it may order a recall
and remedy campaign. However,
ranty
NHTSA cannot become involved in indi> California Emission Control System
vidual problems between you, your
Limited Warranty.
dealer, or BMW of North America, LLC.
Detailed information about these warTo contact NHTSA, you may either call
ranties is listed in the Service and Warthe Auto Safety Hotline toll-free at
ranty Information Booklet for US mod1-800-424-9393 or 366-0123 in the
els or in the Warranty and Service
Washington, D.C. area, or write to:
Guide Booklet for Canadian models.
NHTSA, U.S. Department of
Transportation, Washington, D.C.
20590. You can also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from
the Hotline.
> Federal Emissions System Defect
Warranty
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Cockpit 14
Instrument cluster 16
Indicator and warning lamps 18
Steering wheel with multifunction
buttons* 22
Hazard warning triangle* 23
First-aid kit* 23
Refueling 24
Fuel specifications 25
Tire inflation pressure 25
Controls and features
About this Owner's Manual 4
Symbols used 4
Your individual vehicle 4
Status at time of printing 5
For your own safety 5
Symbol on vehicle parts 6
Service and warranty 6
Reporting safety defects 6
Overview
Notes
Contents
Opening and closing:
Keys 30
Central locking system 30
Opening and closing – via the
remote control 31
Opening and closing – via the
door lock 33
Opening and closing – from the
inside 34
Luggage compartment lid 35
Luggage compartment 37
Alarm system* 38
Electric power windows 40
Manual convertible top 41
Fully-automatic convertible
top* 46
Wind deflector* 50
To adjust:
Safe seating position 52
Seats 52
Adjusting electric power
seats 53
Lumbar support* 53
Head restraints 54
Entering the rear 55
Safety belts 56
Seat and mirror memory* 57
Seat heating* 58
Steering wheel 59
Mirrors 59
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Controls and features
Contents
Passenger safety systems:
Airbags 61
Transporting children safely 63
Rollover protection system 67
Vehicle Memory, Key
Memory 69
Driving:
Ignition lock 70
Starting the engine 70
Switching off the engine 72
Parking brake 72
Manual transmission 73
Automatic transmission with
Steptronic* 74
Turn signal indicator/Headlamp
flasher 77
Washer/wiper system/Rain
sensor* 78
Cruise control* 79
Everything under control:
Odometer 81
Tachometer 81
Energy control 81
Fuel gauge 82
Engine coolant temperature
gauge 82
Service interval display 83
Check Control 83
Clock 84
Computer 85
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Technology for safety and
driving convenience:
Park Distance Control (PDC)* 87
Automatic Stability Control plus
Traction (ASC+T)* 88
Dynamic Stability Control
(DSC)* 90
Tire Pressure Monitor (TPM)* 92
Flat Tire Monitor* 93
Loading and transporting:
Ski bag* 115
Cargo loading 116
Roof-mounted luggage rack for
the hardtop* 118
Lamps:
Parking lamps/Low beams 96
Instrument lighting 97
High beams/Standing lamps 97
Fog lamps* 98
Interior lamps 98
Controlling the climate for
pleasant driving:
Air conditioning 100
Automatic climate control* 104
Interior conveniences:
Glove compartment 109
BMW Universal Transmitter* 110
Storage compartments 112
Cellular phone* 113
Ashtray, front* 113
Ashtray, rear* 114
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Wheels and tires:
Tire inflation pressure 127
Tire condition 127
Tire replacement 128
Wheel and tire
combinations 130
Winter tires 130
Replacement procedures:
Onboard tool kit 146
Windshield wiper blades 146
Lamps and bulbs 147
Changing a wheel 151
Run Flat tires* 155
Battery 156
Fuses 156
Technical data
Special operating instructions:
Break-in procedures 122
Driving notes 123
Antilock Brake System
(ABS) 123
Brake system 124
Hardtop* 125
Owner service procedures
Operation, maintenance
Contents
Engine data 162
Dimensions 163
Weights 164
Capacities 165
Giving and receiving
assistance:
Jump-starting 157
Towing the vehicle 158
In the engine compartment:
Hood 132
Engine compartment
essentials 134
Washer fluid 136
Engine oil 136
Coolant 138
Brake fluid 139
Maintenance:
The BMW Maintenance
System 140
Laws and regulations:
California Proposition 65
warning 141
OBD interface socket 141
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Index
Contents
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Everything from A to Z 168
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Overview
Overview
Operation, maintenance
Maintenance
Controls
Controls and features
Repairs
Owner service procedures
Data
Technical data
Index
Index
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Cockpit
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Cockpit
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7 Horn: the entire surface
8 Adjusting the steering wheel 59
9 Fog lamps 98
Controls
Maintenance
6 Rear window defroster 102, 107
Repairs
5 Central locking system 30
Data
4 Hazard warning flashers
Index
3 Washer/wiper system/Rain
sensor 78
Overview
1 Parking lamps/Low beams 96
2 > Turn signal indicators 77
> Standing lamps 97
> High beams 97
> Headlamp flasher 77
> Computer 85
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Instrument cluster
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Instrument cluster
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2 Indicator lamp for turn signals 20
3 Speedometer
4 Indicator and warning lamps 18
to 21
Overview
1 Fuel gauge 82
7 Indicator and warning lamps 18
to 21
8 Control button for
> Clock 84
> Units of measure for exterior temperature display 85
Maintenance
6 Engine coolant temperature
gauge 82
Controls
5 Tachometer and Energy Control 81
10 Display for
> Trip odometer/Odometer 81
> Clock 84
> Service interval 83
> Computer 85
Repairs
9 Selector lever and program display
for automatic transmission 19, 76
13 Indicator and warning lamps 18
to 21
Index
12 Trip odometer, reset to zero 81
Data
11 Check Control 83
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Indicator and warning lamps
Technology that monitors itself
Indicator and warning lamps that are
identified by ● are tested for proper
functioning whenever the ignition key is
turned. They each light up once for different periods of time.
If a fault should occur in one of these
systems, the corresponding lamp does
not go out after the engine is started, or
it lights up while the vehicle is moving.
You will see how to react in the following section.
Red: stop immediately
Battery charge current ●
The battery is no longer being
charged. Indicates a defective
alternator drive belt or a problem with
the alternator's charge circuit. Please
contact the nearest BMW center.
If the drive belt is defective, stop
and switch off the engine immediately to prevent overheating and serious engine damage. If the drive belt is
defective, increased steering effort is
also required.<
Engine oil pressure ●
Stop the vehicle immediately
and switch off the engine.
Check the engine oil level; top off as
required. If the oil level is correct:
please contact the nearest BMW center.
Do not continue driving, as the
engine could sustain serious damage from inadequate lubrication. <
Tire Pressure Monitor (TPM)/Flat
Tire Monitor ●
In addition, an acoustic signal is
sounded: a tire failure has occurred.
Reduce vehicle speed immediately and
stop the vehicle. Avoid hard brake
applications. As you steer the vehicle,
use caution to avoid overcorrecting.
For additional information: refer to
pages 92, 93
Brake warning lamp ●
If the lamp comes on when the
parking brake is not engaged:
check the brake fluid level. Before driving further, be sure to comply with the
instructions on pages 124 and 139.
Red: an important reminder
Brake warning lamp
Comes on when the parking
brake is engaged – an additional
acoustic signal sounds when you start
off.
For additional information: refer to
page 72
Parking brake warning lamp for
Canadian models.
Lock backrest/Fasten safety
belts ●
Comes on together with an
acoustic signal until the safety belts are
fastened. Flashes if the backrest is not
locked.
For additional information on safety
belts: refer to page 56
Airbags ●
Please have the system
inspected at your BMW center.
For additional information: refer to
page 61
Parking brake warning lamp for
Canadian models.
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Indicator and warning lamps
Engine oil level
If the lamp comes on during
normal vehicle operation: the
engine oil level has fallen to the absolute minimum; refill as soon as possible.
Do not drive more than approx.
30 miles/50 km before refilling.
For additional information: refer to
page 136
Engine oil level
Comes on after the engine has
been switched off: add engine
oil at the earliest opportunity, such as
the next time you stop to refuel.
For additional information: refer to
page 136
Automatic Stability Control plus
Traction (ASC+T)/Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) ●
Indicator lamp flashes:
The system is actively regulating drive
torque and braking force.
The indicator lamp stays lit:
The ASC+T has been switched off via
the button, ADB is operational; or DSC
has been switched off using the button,
DTC is operational.
Please contact a BMW center in case of
a malfunction.
Additional information beginning on
page 88
Index
CBC, ABS, ASC+T/DSC and
ADB/DBC indicator and warning
lamps for Canadian models.
Yellow: check as soon as possible
Tire Pressure Monitor (TPM)/Flat
Tire Monitor ●
Check tire inflation pressures.
Refer to pages 25, 92, 93
Controls
Automatic transmission
The automatic transmission has
responded to a malfunction by
reverting to operation in its emergency
default program. Please consult the
nearest BMW center.
For additional information: refer to
page 74
Maintenance
The brake warning lamp comes
on together with the yellow indicator lamps for ABS ● and
ASC+T/DSC:
The entire ABS, CBC,
ASC+T/DSC and ADB control
system has failed. Continue
driving cautiously and defensively. Avoid full brake applications.
Please have the system checked by
your BMW center as soon as possible.
Additional information beginning on
page 88
Brake pads ●
Have the brake pads checked.
For additional information: refer
to page 124
Repairs
Orange: consult the nearest BMW
center
Data
Red and yellow: continue driving
cautiously
Overview
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Indicator and warning lamps
Automatic Stability Control plus
Traction (ASC+T)/Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and brake
warning lamp ●
The indicator lamps remain on:
The ASC+T/ADB or DSC/DTC
have been switched off manually or
there is a system malfunction.
Please consult the nearest BMW center.
Additional information beginning on
page 88
DSC and ADB indicator and
warning lamps for Canadian
models.
Add washer fluid
The washer fluid is too low. Top
off the fluid at the earliest
opportunity.
For additional information: refer to
page 136
SERVICE ENGINE SOON ●
If the indicator lamp comes on
either continuously or intermittently, this indicates a fault in the emissions-related electronic systems.
Although the vehicle remains operational, you should have the systems
checked by your BMW center at the
earliest possible opportunity.
For additional information: refer to
page 141
SERVICE ENGINE SOON warnDynamic Brake Control (DBC) ●
ing lamp for Canadian models.
Malfunction in DBC system.
Conventional braking efficiency
Engine electronics ●
is available and unrestricted.
There is a fault in the electronic
Have the system repaired at your BMW
engine-management system.
center as soon as possible.
You can continue to drive with reduced
For additional information: refer to
engine output or engine speed. Please
page 123
have the system inspected at your
BMW center.
Dynamic Brake Control (DBC)
warning lamp for Canadian
models.
Add coolant
The coolant level is too low. Add
coolant at the earliest opportunity.
For additional information: refer to
page 138
CHECK FILLER CAP ●
This indicator lamp comes on
when the fuel filler cap is loose
or missing.
Close the filler cap tightly: refer to
page 24
Rollover protection system ●
The rollover protection system
has been deactivated due to a
malfunction. Please have the system
inspected by your BMW center at the
earliest opportunity.
For additional information: refer to
page 67
Green: for your information
Turn signal indicator
Flashes when the turn signal is
operated.
Rapid flashing indicates a system malfunction.
For additional information: refer to
page 77
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High beams
Comes on when the high beams
are on or the headlamp flasher
is actuated.
For additional information: refer to
pages 77, 97
Overview
Controls
Maintenance
Blue: for your information
Repairs
Front fog lamps
Lights up whenever you switch
on the fog lamps.
For additional information: refer to
page 98
Data
Cruise control
Lights up when the cruise control is activated: ready for operation via the steering wheel with multifunction buttons.
For additional information: refer to
page 79
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Index
Indicator and warning lamps
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Steering wheel with multifunction buttons*
These buttons let you operate the following functions quickly and without
being distracted from traffic conditions:
> Selected radio functions
> The cruise control
> Selected telephone functions.
The controls are active only when
the corresponding systems and
accessories are switched on. <
Press briefly:
Receive a phone call, initiate dialing,
terminate a call.
> Cassette
Press briefly: jump to next track or
stop fast forward
Extended pressure: fast forward
> Phone
Scan personal phone book.
Rewind/reverse: same functions as forward.
Volume.
Cruise control: select a stored setting.
Switch between phone, radio, cassette
and CD.
Cruise control: store and accelerate +
or decelerate and store –.
Forward:
> Radio
Press briefly: station scan in FM band Cruise control: activate/interrupt/deacExtended pressure: station search
tivate.
> CD
Press briefly: jump to next track
Extended pressure: search function
in track
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First-aid kit*
The hazard warning triangle is stored in
the luggage compartment lid inside the
container for the onboard tools.
The first-aid kit is located under the
passenger seat.
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Some of the articles in the first-aid
kit have a limited period of use
before expiration. For this reason,
check the expiration dates of each of
the items regularly and replace any
whose expiration dates have passed.
You can purchase replacements in any
drugstore or pharmacy.
Always observe all legal regulations
requiring a first-aid kit to be carried in
the vehicle.<
Repairs
To close: fold the cover up and press it
until the tab engages.
Data
Always observe all legal regulations requiring a warning triangle
to be carried in the vehicle.<
To open: pull the handle and fold the
cover down.
Index
To open the container, loosen the wing
nut.
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
Hazard warning triangle*
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Refueling
Always observe all safety precautions posted at the service station
when handling fuel.
Never carry spare fuel containers in
your vehicle. Whether empty or full,
these containers can leak, cause an
explosion, or lead to fire in the event of
a collision.<
Fuel filler door
Always switch off the engine
before refueling, as it is not possible to add fuel with the engine running,
and attempts may also trigger the SERVICE ENGINE SOON lamp.<
Press on the rear edge of the fuel filler
door to open and close it.
If an electrical malfunction occurs, you
can unlock the fuel filler door manually:
1. Undo the trim panel on the right side
of the luggage compartment
2. Pull the button with the fuel pump
symbol.
Simple and environmentally
friendly
Open the filler cap carefully to
prevent fuel from spraying out.
Fuel spray may cause injury.<
Keep the filler cap in the bracket – see
arrow – attached to the fuel filler door.
When refueling, insert the filler nozzle
completely into the filler pipe. Pulling
the nozzle out of the pipe during refueling
> results in premature pump shutoff
> and will reduce the effectiveness of
the vapor recovery system on the
pump.
The fuel tank is full when the filler nozzle shuts off the first time.
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Fuel specifications
Close the fuel filler cap carefully
after refueling until a click is
heard. While closing, be sure not to
squeeze the strap which is fastened to
the cap. A loose or missing cap will
activate the CHECK FILLER CAP
lamp.<
The engine uses lead-free gasoline
only.
> Premium Unleaded Gasoline,
min. 91 AKI.
AKI = Anti Knock Index
The specified inflation pressures are
provided on a sticker attached to the
B-pillar and are visible with the driver's
door open.
Maintenance
Controls
Never use leaded fuel, as it would
cause permanent and irreversible
damage to the oxygen sensor and the
catalytic converter.<
Checking tire pressures
All pressures are specified in the standard units of pressure, psi and kilopascal, and apply to cold tires, that is tires
at ambient temperature. Refer to tire
pressure table at the end of this chapter.
Vehicles with Tire Pressure Monitor
(TPM)/Flat Tire Monitor:
Repairs
Do not drive to the last drop of
fuel. This can prevent the engine
from operating properly and result in
damage.<
Required fuel:
Data
> Approx. 16.6 gal./63 liters, of which
> approx. 2.1 gal./8 liters are reserve
capacity.
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After correcting the inflation pressures,
reinitialize the system, refer to
pages 92, 93.
Index
Fuel tank capacity
Tire inflation pressure
Overview
Refueling
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Tire inflation pressure
Another instruction plate regarding
inflation pressures on the door pillar
indicates which system your vehicle is
equipped with.
Check the tire pressures on a regular basis – at least twice a month
– and before every extended journey.
Otherwise, incorrect tire pressure can
lead to poor handling, to tire damage
and accidents.
Remember to check the inflation pressure in the space-saver or standard
spare tire.
Inflate the spare tire to the highest inflation pressure specified for your vehicle.<
Comply with tire approval
specifications
The inflation pressures in the table
apply to BMW approved tire sizes and
tire manufacturers. Your BMW center
can provide you with more information
about these. Higher pressures may be
required for tires made by other manufacturers.
Your vehicle is equipped with tires that
not only meet US standards, but also
European standards. We recommend
the exclusive use of BMW approved
tires.
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Tire inflation pressure
R
R
R
R
16
16
16
17
91
91
92
91
H M+S
H
W
W
33/230
36/250
44/300
29/200
–
–
33/230
36/250
–
–
44/300
32/220
36/250
39/270
46/320
225/45 R 17 91 W
29/200
33/230
36/250
44/300
225/45
245/40
225/40
255/35
ZR 17
ZR 17
R 18
R 18
29/200
–
32/220
-
–
33/230
36/250
36/250
–
39/270
-
–
44/300
46/320
205/50
205/50
205/50
225/45
R
R
R
R
32/220
36/250
39/270
46/320
205/50
205/50
205/55
225/50
205/50
225/45
All
R
R
R
R
R
R
17
17
16
16
17
17
17
17
17
17
93
93
91
92
93
91
93
93
93
91
V M+S extra load
W extra load
Q M+S
Q M+S
Q M+S extra load
Q M+S
V M+S extra load
W extra load
Q M+S extra load
Q M+S
Space-saver spare tire
61/420
Index
225/45 ZR 17
245/40 ZR 17
330Ci
Overview
29/200
Controls
205/55
205/55
225/50
225/45
Maintenance
325Ci
Repairs
Tires
All pressure specifications in the table are indicated
in psi/kilopascal with cold tires –
cold = ambient temperature
Data
BMW
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Overview
Overview
Operation, maintenance
Maintenance
Controls
Controls and features
Repairs
Owner service procedures
Data
Technical data
Index
Index
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Opening and closing
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Keys
The key set
1 Master keys with remote control –
determine the functions of the Key
Memory, refer to page 69.
You can mark the individual keys for
subsequent identification by applying the colored decals that you
received when accepting delivery of
your vehicle
There is an extended-life battery
in every master key that is
charged automatically in the ignition
lock as you drive.
For this reason, if you have master keys
that are not being used otherwise, use
those keys approximately once a year
while driving for an extended period to
charge the battery.<
Central locking system
2 Spare master key – for storage in a
safe place, such as in your wallet.
This key is not intended for constant
use
The concept
3 Door and ignition key – the locks for
the luggage compartment lid and the
glove compartment cannot be operated with this key. This is useful for
valet parking, for example
> doors
> luggage compartment lid
> fuel filler door
> glove compartment.
The central locking system engages
and releases the following locks at the
same time
The central locking system is ready for
operation whenever the driver's door is
closed.
The central locking system can be
operated
> from outside via the door lock as well
as via the remote control
> from inside by pressing a button.
The fuel filler door is not locked when
the central locking system is activated
from the inside, refer to page 34.
When the system is actuated from the
outside, the anti-theft system is also
activated. This prevents the doors from
being unlocked via the lock buttons or
the release handle. The alarm system is
also armed or disarmed.
The central locking system is automatically deactivated in the event of an
accident. In addition, the hazard warning flashers and interior lamps come on.
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Opening and closing – via the remote control
Master keys with remote control
Controls
1 Unlock, disarm alarm system
2 Lock and secure, arm alarm system,
activate interior lamps, disarm tilt
alarm sensor and interior motion sensor
3 Open the luggage compartment lid,
Panic mode – trigger alarm
To release
Press the button once to unlock the
driver's door.
Maintenance
If it is no longer possible to lock
the vehicle via the remote control,
the battery is discharged. Use this key
while driving for an extended period in
order to recharge the battery.
To prevent unauthorized use of the
remote control, surrender only the
spare key or the door and ignition key
Whenever you unlock or lock the vehiwhen leaving the vehicle for valet parkcle, you simultaneously deactivate/actiing, for example.
vate the anti-theft system, disarm/arm
In the event of a system malfunction,
the alarm system and switch the interior
please contact your BMW center. You
lamps on/off.
can also obtain replacement keys
there.<
You can have a signal set to confirm that the vehicle's locks have
engaged securely.<
Repairs
With this function you can also
search for the vehicle when parked in
an underground garage, for instance
> To open the luggage compartment
lid, refer to page 32.
The luggage compartment lid will
open slightly, regardless of whether it
was previously locked or unlocked.
Overview
The remote control gives you an excepPersons or animals inside the
tionally convenient method for unlockvehicle may be able to lock the
ing and locking your vehicle. Furtherdoors from the inside. For this reason,
more, it provides two additional
you should always take the vehicle keys
functions:
with you so that the vehicle can be
opened again from the outside at any
> To switch on interior lamps, refer to
time.<
page 32.
Data
The concept
31
Index
Press the button a second time to
disengage all vehicle locks.<
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Opening and closing – via the remote control
To lock and secure
Press the button.
Before and after a trip, be sure
that the luggage compartment lid
has not been opened unintentionally.<
Panic mode – trigger alarm
To switch on the interior lamps
With the vehicle locked, press the button.
To deactivate the tilt alarm* and
interior motion sensors*
Press the button a second time immediately after locking.
For additional information, refer to
page 39.
To open the luggage
compartment
Press the button.
Provided that the alarm system is
armed, you can respond to imminent
danger by holding down the button for
more than seconds.
For US owners only
The transmitter and receiver units comply with part 15 of the FCC Federal
Communications Commission regulations. Operation is governed by the following:
FCC ID:
> LX8EWS
> LX8FZVS
> LX8FZVE.
To switch off the alarm:
Compliance statement:
Press the button.
This device complies with part 15 of the
FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
External systems
The remote control system's operation
may be affected by other units or
equipment operating in the immediate
vicinity of your vehicle.
If this should occur, you can still open
and close the vehicle using the master
key in either the door or luggage compartment lid locks.
> This device may not cause harmful
interference
> This device must accept any interference received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
Any unauthorized modifications to
these devices could void the
user's authority to operate the equipment.<
The luggage compartment lid will open
slightly, regardless of whether it was
previously locked or unlocked.
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Opening and closing – via the door lock
Whenever closing the windows or
sliding/tilt sunroof you should
always monitor their path and progress
to ensure that no one is injured. Releasing the key stops the operation.<
Overview
33
In the event of electrical malfunction
You can have a signal set to confirm that the vehicle's locks have
engaged securely.<
Repairs
One turn of the key in the driver's door
lock unlocks the driver's door, the fuel
filler door and the glove compartment.
Turning the key a second time unlocks
the passenger-side door and the luggage compartment lid.
Maintenance
Turn the key to the extreme left or right
to unlock/lock the driver's door.
Controls
Manual operation
> To open: with the door closed, hold
the key in the Unlock position
> To close: with the door closed, hold
the key in the Lock position.
Index
You can also operate the power windows and the fully-automatic convertible top via the door lock.
Data
Convenience operation
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Opening and closing – from the inside
If you desire, the central locking
system can be activated automatically as soon as you begin to drive. This
can be adjusted to be key-specific.<
To unlock and open the doors
You can use this button to control the
central locking system whenever the
doors are closed. The doors and luggage compartment lid are unlocked or
locked only. The anti-theft system is not
activated.
If only the driver's door was
unlocked from the outside and
you press the button, then, with the
driver's door still open, the passengerside door, the luggage compartment
lid, the fuel filler door and the glove
compartment will unlock, too.
If the driver's door is closed, it will be
locked.<
> Either unlock the doors together with
the button for the central locking system and then pull each of the release
handles above the armrests or
> pull the release handle for each door
twice: the first pull unlocks the door,
and the second one opens it.
To lock
> Either use the central locking button
to lock both doors at once or
> press down the individual door lock
buttons. In this case, the fuel filler
door will stay unlocked. To prevent
the driver from being inadvertently
locked out of the vehicle, the driver's
door lock button will not engage as
long as the door is open.
Persons or animals inside the
vehicle may be able to lock the
doors from the inside. You should
always take the vehicle's keys with you
so that you can open the vehicle again
from the outside at any time.<
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Luggage compartment lid
To open from the outside
To open from the inside*
Only the master keys fit in the lock for
the luggage compartment lid, refer to
page 30.
Press the button in the handle recess –
see arrow: the luggage compartment lid
opens slightly.
To secure separately
If the luggage compartment lid has not
been locked separately, you can open it
with this button in the footwell on the
driver's side when the vehicle is staThe luggage compartment is lit when
the luggage compartment lid is opened. tionary.
Lock the glove compartment using the
master key.
Manual operation
In the event of electrical malfunction
The luggage compartment is locked
again as soon as you close the lid.
Data
Turn the master key all the way to the
left – the luggage compartment lid will
open slightly.
Index
This locks the luggage compartment lid
and disconnects it from the central
locking system. This feature can be
used to prevent unauthorized access to
the luggage compartment when you
surrender the door and ignition key
only, refer to page 30. This can be
advantageous for valet parking, for
example.
Repairs
The lock
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
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Luggage compartment lid
Should it be absolutely necessary to
operate the vehicle with the luggage
compartment lid open, with closed convertible top:
1. Close all windows
2. Greatly increase the quantity of air
coming from the air conditioning or
automatic climate control system,
see page 100 or 104.
To close
Emergency release
The handle recesses in the interior trim
panel of the luggage compartment lid –
see arrows – make it easier to pull the
lid down.
This lever releases the luggage compartment lid from inside the luggage
compartment.
To avoid injuries, be sure that the
travel path of the luggage compartment lid is clear when it is closed,
following the same precautions as with
all closing procedures.<
Operate the vehicle only when the
luggage compartment lid is
closed. Otherwise, exhaust fumes
could penetrate the interior of the vehicle. <
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Luggage compartment
1. Pull up at the handle and fold the
panel up
2. Press the button – see arrow – to
release the hanger from the handle
Carefully replace the hanger in its
holder when lowering the floor
panel back down.<
The fittings at the corners of the luggage compartment provide you with a
convenient means of attaching luggage
nets* and flexible straps for securing
luggage.
With the convertible top closed, you
can enlarge the luggage compartment.
To do this, flip the handle outward and
press it down and toward the front of
the vehicle – see arrow. The convertible
top compartment panel is now raised
and secured.
To fold down the convertible top
compartment panel
The convertible top compartment lid
must be folded down to open the convertible top. Swing out the handle and
pull toward the back of the vehicle.
Index
Refer also to Cargo loading on
page 116.
To enlarge the luggage
compartment
Repairs
3. Hook the handle into the rubber seal
of the drip rail – see arrow.
Data
To fold up and secure the floor
panel
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
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Luggage compartment
Alarm system*
Before lowering the convertible
top, refer to page 41 or 46, always
check to ensure that the luggage compartment panel has returned to its original position. Attempts to lower the top
with the panel folded up can lead to
vehicle damage.<
The concept
The vehicle alarm system responds:
> When a door, the hood or the luggage compartment lid is opened
> To movements inside the vehicle –
interior motion sensor
> To variations in the vehicle's tilt angle
such as those occurring during
attempts to steal the wheels or tow
the vehicle – tilt alarm sensor
> To interruption of battery voltage.
You can have different acknowledgment signals set to confirm
arming and disarming.<
You can open the luggage compartment lid when the system is armed by
pressing the remote control button,
refer to page 32. The lid is once again
secured when it is closed.
The system responds to unauthorized
vehicle entry and attempted theft by
simultaneously activating the following:
> The acoustic alarm sounds for
30 seconds
> The hazard warning flashers are activated for approx. five minutes
> The high beams flash on and off in
rhythm with the hazard warning flashers.
To arm and disarm the alarm
system
When the vehicle is locked or unlocked
via the driver's door lock or with the
remote control, the alarm system is also
simultaneously armed or disarmed.
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Alarm system*
Lock the vehicle twice to arm the system. Press the button on the remote
control twice in succession or lock the
vehicle twice with the key.
The indicator lamp lights up briefly and
then flashes continuously. The tilt alarm
sensor and the interior motion sensor
are deactivated as long as the system is
armed.
Data
> The indicator lamp below the interior
rearview mirror flashes continuously:
the system is armed
> The indicator lamp flashes during
arming: the door(s), the hood or the
luggage compartment lid are not
completely closed. Even if you do not
close the alerted area(s), the remaining areas are secured, and the indicator lamp will flash continuously
after 10 seconds. However, the interior motion sensor is not activated
> The indicator lamp goes out when the
system is disarmed: no manipulation
or attempted intrusions have been
detected in the period since the system was armed
> The indicator lamp flashes for
10 seconds when the system is dis-
Interior motion sensor*
Deactivate the interior motion sensor –
refer to Avoiding unintentional alarms –
if persons or animals are to remain in
the vehicle.
Index
Indicator lamp displays
The tilt alarm sensor and interior motion
sensor may be switched off at the same
time. You can do this to prevent a false
alarm from being triggered in garages
with elevator ramps, for instance, or
when the vehicle is transported by train:
Controls
Avoiding unintentional alarms
Maintenance
Following triggering of an alarm, the
indicator lamp will flash continuously.
The system deactivates the tiltalarm sensor and the interior
motion sensor if the convenience closing of windows is interrupted in the first
10 seconds and then restarted. The
alarm must then be disarmed and reactivated before it will resume operation.<
Repairs
armed: an attempted entry has been
detected in the period since the system was armed.
Overview
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Electric power windows
You can close the windows in the same
manner by pulling the switch. The window on the passenger side and the rear
windows do not close automatically.
The window on the passenger
side closes automatically in ignition key position 2 only.<
For convenience closing via the door
lock, refer to page 33.
To open and close windows
To operate all the side windows
When leaving the vehicle, always
remove the ignition key from the
lock and remember to close the doors
to prevent children from operating the
power windows and injuring themselves, etc.<
With the ignition key in position 1 or
higher
With the ignition key in position 1 or
higher
> Press the switch until you feel resistance: the window retracts as long as
you maintain pressure on the switch
> Press the switch briefly past the pressure point: the windows move automatically. Pressing the switch again
stops the opening cycle.
> Press the switch until you feel resistance: the windows retract as long as
you maintain pressure on the switch
> Press the switch briefly past the pressure point: the windows move automatically. Pressing the switch again
stops the opening cycle.
You can close all windows in the same
manner by pulling the switch. The windows cannot be closed automatically
using this switch.
For convenience closing via the door
lock refer to page 33.
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Electric power windows
Manual convertible top
After the ignition has been
switched off
The fabric top offers the perfect protection against weather and one person
can open and close it easily and simply.
Never attempt to mount any kind of roof
rack or luggage carrier on the convertible top.
Overview
Controls
Data
Closing the electric power windows: to help ensure that the windows seal securely, you should either
close the rear windows first or close all
four windows at the same time.<
Maintenance
However, even when the top is closed
valuables should always be stored in
the locked luggage compartment.
Repairs
To gain maximum satisfaction from your
convertible, please observe the following: We strongly recommend that you
close the convertible top before leaving
the vehicle parked. When closed, the
top not only guards the passenger
compartment from unforeseeable damage from the weather, but also affords a
degree of protection against theft.
Index
You can still use the electric power windows for up to 15 minutes, as long as
no one opens any of the doors.
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Manual convertible top
To open the convertible top
Never attempt to open or close
the convertible top unless the
vehicle is completely stationary. To prevent vehicle damage the top compartment lid's lock will not disengage
unless the luggage compartment lid is
closed.<
1. Flip the locking handle out – refer to
illustration – and turn it as far as the
end stop will allow
2. Raise the convertible top a little bit,
release the tension
3. To unlock, press the button with the
ignition key in position 1 or higher.
The top compartment lid's lock disengages and the lid itself rises a
small distance. The side windows
will lower slightly
If the indicator lamp lights up
when the button is pressed, the lid
cannot be unlocked because the top
compartment panel is raised, refer to
page 37. Lower the top compartment
panel and close the tailgate.<
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Let go of the rear convertible top
frame before laying the convertible top down, otherwise, the side trim
panel could be damaged.<
Controls
Maintenance
Data
You can make it easier to raise the
rear convertible top frame by
pressing the area indicated by the
arrow.<
5. Reach into the recess created when
the convertible top compartment lid
is lifted and pull it all the way by
hand – see arrow 1
6. Lay the rear convertible top frame in
the convertible top compartment –
see arrow 2
Index
4. Position the rear convertible top
frame vertically and grip it firmly
Repairs
Now finish pushing the convertible
top all the way down into the convertible top compartment. This makes it
easier to close the convertible top compartment lid, especially at lower temperatures.<
Overview
7. Raise the front of the top and pull it
back for storage
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Manual convertible top
As soon as the convertible top compartment lid closes the central locking
system will release the lock to allow
renewed access to the luggage compartment.
To avoid fabric damage stemming
from extended exposure to moisture, you should never retract the convertible top when it is wet, refer also to
the Caring for your vehicle brochure.<
8. Press down slightly on the convertible top compartment lid from above
– see arrow. The closing process will
then be carried out automatically
9. Either close the slightly lowered side
windows or put them at the desired
height.
Operate the convertible top compartment lid from above only in
order to avoid any pinching.
An interlock device helps avoid damage
to the vehicle by preventing the luggage compartment lid from opening
unless the convertible top compartment
lid is completely closed.<
To close the convertible top
1. Turn the ignition key to position 1
2. Press the button to unlock it. The
convertible top will be unlocked and
the side windows will lower slightly
3. Open the convertible top compartment lid all the way
4. Lift the convertible top out by the lateral guide section – see arrow 1, and
the front convertible top frame – see
arrow 2, swinging it forward until you
encounter perceptible resistance –
until it stops
To avoid damaging the side trim,
always fold the convertible top
forward before folding the rear frame
brace up into its vertical position.<
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Manual convertible top
7. Holding on to the locking handle, pull
the front part of the convertible top
frame up onto the windshield frame,
and lock the convertible top by turning the handle until you hear the convertible top engage and lock.
The system automatically presses the
top's rear frame against the convertible
top compartment lid, pretensioning it to
ensure that it seals tightly.
Position for cleaning
To be able to access the convertible
top compartment, lean the rear frame of
the convertible top against the cover of
the convertible top compartment.
First, use the button for activating
the convertible top to unlock the
locks of the convertible top compartment. Refer to page 42.<
For additional information on caring for your vehicle, refer to the
Caring for your vehicle brochure.<
Index
As soon as the convertible top
compartment lid closes the central
locking system will release the lock to
allow renewed access to the luggage
compartment.<
Repairs
Operate the convertible top compartment lid from above only in
order to avoid any pinching.<
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
At higher speeds, the ensuing
vacuum in the passenger compartment can cause the convertible top
to begin fluttering. Increase the air supply via the ventilation controls so that a
vacuum does not occur in the vehicle.<
Data
5. Either close the slightly lowered side
windows or put them at the desired
height
6. Press down slightly on the convertible top compartment lid from above.
The top then closes automatically,
refer to page 41
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Fully-automatic convertible top*
The fully-automatic convertible top
combines the benefits of effective protection against the elements with simple and convenient operation.
Driving when the opening or closing process has not been completed can cause vehicle damage or
personal injury.
To gain maximum satisfaction from your To avoid possible legal violations,
convertible, please observe the follow- always remember that traffic regulations always take priority over these
ing:
instructions.
> We strongly recommend that you
Do not lay objects on the convertible
close the convertible top before leavtop, as they could fall off when it
ing the vehicle parked. When closed,
moves, causing vehicle damage or perthe top not only guards the passensonal injury.
ger compartment from unforeseeAlways keep your hands and fingers
able damage from the weather, but
well away from the top's mechanism
also affords a degree of protection
while it is opening and closing. Ensure
against theft. However, even when
that children remain at a safe distance
the top is closed valuables should
from the top's travel range while it is in
always be stored in the locked lugmotion.<
gage compartment
> Never attempt to mount any kind of
roof rack or luggage carrier on the
convertible top
> To avoid damaging the convertible
top, do not activate it at temperatures
below 147/ –106.
Never store the convertible top
while it is wet to avoid permanent
damage from moisture.<
Try to make sure that the vehicle
is completely stationary before
using the fully-automatic convertible
top. Otherwise the opening or closing
procedure could be interrupted.
If you set the convertible top in motion
while the vehicle is stationary and then
have to start suddenly – for instance, at
a traffic light – you can still complete
the procedure by driving as slowly as
possible and again holding the corresponding button pressed.
Before closing the top, always ensure
that the windshield frame is clear of any
obstructions that could prevent the top
from closing correctly.<
When closing the electric power
windows while underway, always
remember to either start by closing the
rear windows or to close all of them at
once. Failure to adhere to this
sequence can prevent the windows
from sealing tightly at high speeds.<
At higher speeds, the ensuing
vacuum in the passenger compartment can cause the convertible top
to begin fluttering. Increase the air supply via the ventilation controls so that a
vacuum does not occur in the vehicle.<
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Fully-automatic convertible top*
With the ignition key in position 1 or
higher, and with the vehicle stationary
To avoid placing unnecessary loads on
the battery, you should avoid operating
the top when the engine is switched off.
1. Read and comply with the preceding
safety precautions
2. Before opening the convertible top,
ensure that the convertible top compartment panel is back down into its
original position, refer to page 37
3. Ensure that the luggage compartment lid is closed
The convertible top stops moving
immediately when the button is
released. You can resume operation in
the desired direction by pressing the
button again.<
The luggage compartment lid cannot be
opened while the convertible top is in
motion.
Do not close the side power windows using the buttons if the convertible top operation has been interrupted.<
After having been stored for an
extended period of time in the
convertible top compartment, e.g. during the winter months because the
hardtop was being used, you may have
to support the convertible top by hand
when closing it for the first time: If the
convertible top should halt just before
Overview
Controls
Maintenance
The side power windows are lowered a
small distance whenever the top is set
in motion by pressing the button and
after the opening or closing process is
completed, they will go back up, if you
keep holding the button down for more
than 2 seconds after the indicator lamp
has gone out.
Repairs
Locks and security systems
While the convertible top is in
motion, the rear window will move
toward the passenger compartment. To
avoid possible pinching, the area
around the closing convertible top
should be clear.<
Data
2 To open
4. Maintain pressure on the corresponding button for the convertible
top operation.
The red indicator lamp flashes whenever the convertible top mechanism
is in operation. It goes out when the
opening or closing process has been
completed.
If it continues flashing after the control button is released, the process
has not completed opening or closing. You can resume operation in the
desired direction by pressing the
button again.
If the yellow indicator lamp lights up
continuously with the button
pressed, the convertible top compartment panel has been raised and
the top cannot be moved, refer to
step 2.
Index
1 To close
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Fully-automatic convertible top*
the closing phase is completed, press
against the front section of the convertible top frame from the outside to help
the closing process along. Continue
pressing the switch while doing so until
the top starts up again on its own.<
1. Remove the insert between the rear
seats. Take the trim off of the guide
rod and flip it forward. Press down
hard on the emergency lock 1 – see
arrow. After a brief pause, the mechanism for the convertible top compartment lid will be released
Operate the convertible top manually in emergency situations only
to avoid causing damage due to incorrect operation.<
If the opening or closing process
has been interrupted, the convertible top will remain in that position for
15 minutes. After that, the convertible
top can be moved again and, if it is an
emergency situation, you may need to
help the top along manually.
This can also be done in ignition key
position 0.
In certain cases, the luggage compartment lid cannot be opened if the opening or closing operation has been interrupted.<
Convenience operation via the
driver's door lock
Refer to page 33.
Manual closing in the event of an
electrical malfunction
1 Emergency operation
2 Allen wrench
3 Recess
If the mechanism for the convertible top compartment lid does not
unlock, then insert the Allen wrench 2
into the recess 3 and turn clockwise to
release it.<
2. If the luggage compartment lid is
closed, open the convertible top
compartment lid up as far as the stop
will allow
Only operate the convertible top
manually when closing it. Never
open it manually since the convertible
top compartment lid cannot be locked,
and would open while you are driving.<
The best way to close the convertible top manually is to stand outside the vehicle, keeping the driver's
door open and the driver's seat flipped
forward. No one is to be in the rear seat
during this operation.<
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Always make sure the closing procedure is completed to prevent
vehicle damage or personal injury.<
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4. Use a screwdriver to lift out the cover
panel that is in the center of the front
convertible top frame
5. Insert the Allen wrench 2 – refer to
page 48 – into the recess – see arrow
6. Pull down on the front convertible
top frame as far as possible. Complete the closing process by continuing to turn the wrench in a clockwise
direction. Turn until the front convertible top frame has locked onto the
To avoid damaging the side trim,
windshield frame. The system autoalways fold the convertible top
matically presses the top's rear
forward before placing the rear convertframe against the convertible top
ible frame into a vertical position.<
compartment lid, pretensioning it to
ensure that it seals tightly.
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3. Grasp the convertible top by the lateral guide section 1 and the front
convertible top frame 2. Lift out the
top and swing it forward until you
encounter a perceptible resistance –
until it stops. Position the rear convertible top frame vertically and close
the convertible top compartment lid.
Fold down the rear convertible top
frame
Maintenance
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Please consult your BMW center
to have the defect corrected.<
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Fully-automatic convertible top*
Wind deflector*
With the convertible top open, the wind
deflector keeps air movement in the
passenger compartment to a minimum,
thus providing you with a pleasant
drive, even at higher speeds. The wind
deflector comes in a protective sleeve,
and because of its slim dimensions, can
be easily stored in the luggage compartment.
Installation
Position for cleaning
1. Remove wind deflector from the protective sleeve
To be able to access the convertible
top compartment, lean the rear frame of
the convertible top against the cover of
the convertible top compartment.
First, use the button for activating
the convertible top to unlock the
locks of the convertible top compartment. Refer to page 47.<
For additional information on vehicle care, refer to the Caring for
your vehicle brochure.<
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Controls
Maintenance
2. Flip out both sides and lock into
3. Hold the wind deflector so that the
place. It is essential for the two comsmaller half points toward the front
ponents marked in the illustration –
and guide the mounting pin for the
see arrows – to mesh at this point
side piece into the proper opening
4. Pull back on the mounting pin for the
other side piece by using a slide, so
that the mounting pin can be guided
into the opening provided
5. Unlock the convertible top compartment lid via the convertible top control button, refer to page 47, and
open the convertible top compartment lid
6. Flip the back half of the wind deflector backward, so that the mounts are
lying on the vehicle
7. Close the convertible top compartment lid via the convertible top control button. The wind deflector is now
attached so that it is theft-proof.
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Follow the same procedure as when
installing, just reverse the steps.
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Removal
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Operate the convertible top compartment lid from above only in
order to avoid any pinching.
With the wind deflector in place: to
avoid damaging the wind deflector
never push the front seats all the way
back.<
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Safe seating position
For relaxed and fatigue-free driving you
should select a sitting position that
reflects your personal requirements. In
combination with the safety belts and
airbags, the correct seating position
plays an important role in enhancing
occupant safety in the event of an accident. To ensure that the vehicle's safety
systems provide you with optimal protection, we request that you direct your
careful attention to the following section.
For supplementary information on
transporting children, refer to page 63.
Sitting safely with airbags
Always maintain an adequate distance between yourself and the
airbags. Always hold the steering wheel
by the rim to keep any chance of injury
to hands or arms to an absolute minimum should the airbag be deployed.
Never allow any objects, individuals or
animals to obstruct the areas between
passengers and airbags. Never use the
front airbag's cover as a storage tray or
support for objects of any kind. Never
allow front passengers to rest their feet
or legs on the airbag cover.<
Seats
When adjusting your seat, always
observe the following precautions
For airbag locations and additional
information on airbags, refer to
page 61.
Sitting safely with safety belts
Never allow more than one person
to wear a single safety belt. Never
allow infants or small children to ride in
a passenger's lap. Avoid twisting the
belt while routing it firmly across the
hips and shoulder, wear it as snugly
against your body as possible. Do not
allow the belt to rest against hard or
fragile objects. Do not route the belt
across your neck, or run it across sharp
edges. Be sure that the belt does not
become caught or jammed. Avoid
wearing bulky clothing and pull on the
lap belt periodically to retension it over
your shoulders. In the event of a frontal
impact, a loose lap belt could slide over
your hips, leading to abdominal injury.
In addition, the safety belt's restraint
effectiveness is reduced if it is worn
loosely. Expectant mothers should
always wear their safety belts, taking
care to position the lap belt against the
lower hips, where it will not exert pressure against the abdominal area.<
Never try to adjust your seat while
operating the vehicle. The seat
could respond with unexpected movement, and the ensuing loss of vehicle
control could lead to an accident. Never
ride with the backrest reclined to an
extreme angle. This is especially important for the front passenger to remember. If you do so, there is a risk that you
will slide under the safety belt in an
accident, thus reducing the protection
provided by the safety belt.
With the wind deflector in place:
To avoid damaging the wind deflector
never push the front seats all the way
back.<
Seat adjustment
> Power seat adjustment, refer to
page 53
> Head restraint, refer to page 54
> Entering the rear, refer to page 55.
For information on using the safety
belts, refer to page 56.
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Lumbar support*
Seat adjustment
To adjust
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4 Backrest angle
With the BMW sports seat* you can
also adjust the thigh support. To do so,
pull the lever and adjust the position of
the cushion for thigh support as
desired.
The upper hips and spinal column
receive supplementary support to help
you maintain a relaxed, upright posture.
> Press the front/rear of the switch:
increase/decrease curvature
> Press the upper/lower end of the
switch: increase the upper/lower curvature.
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3 Height
You can adjust the backrest's contour
for additional support in the curvature
of your spine's lumbar region.
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2 Backward/forward adjustment
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1 Tilt angle
Please refer to the adjustment
instructions on page 52 to reduce
the risk of personal injury.<
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
Adjusting electric power seats
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Head restraints
Front head restraints
1 Height
Head restraints reduce the risk of
spinal injury in the event of an
accident.
Adjust the head restraint so that its
center is approximately at the height of
your ears.
When moving the head restraints up or
down, avoid placing hands and fingers
between the head restraint and the
upper edge of the backrest to avoid the
possibility of injury.<
Tilt angle: position the head restraints
manually in the preferred position.
Rear head restraints
To avoid possible violation of traffic laws, never retract the head
restraints unless the rear seats are
empty. Always ensure that the head
restraints are raised before transporting
passengers in the rear seat.<
To completely lower the rear head
restraints:
1. Press the button – see arrow – and
hold it down
2. Push the head restraint down from
above.
Raising the rear head restraints
Raise the head restraints until you hear
them click into place.
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Entering the rear
The seat-integrated safety belt system
SGS allows for easy access to the rear.
1. Lift lever 1 up and tilt the backrest
forward
2. Press and hold button 2 in driving
direction until the seat moves to the
desired position
3. After entering the rear, fold back and
lock the backrest
4. Press button 2 opposite the direction
of travel and hold. The seat moves
back into its previous position. If the
button 2 is released beforehand, the
seat stops in the respective position.
You can lock a backrest that has
been tilted forward. This makes
sense when, for instance, someone is
climbing into the rear on an incline. To
The indicator lamp in the instrument
cluster will flash to alert you that the
backrest is not locked in place, refer to
page 18.
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Do not use the rear head
restraints as storage shelves.
Always keep the travel path for the rollover protection system free and clear.
Never place protective covers or similar
items on the head restraints. See also
the labels on the head restraints.<
Lock both backrests while driving,
otherwise there is a danger of an
unexpected movement causing an
accident.<
Maintenance
For further information, please consult
your BMW center.
Repairs
do this, press against the backrest until
you hear it click into place. To move it
back into place, you do not need to first
unlock it by moving the lever 1.<
Data
Do not remove the rear head
restraints, as this would damage
them.<
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Index
Head restraints
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Safety belts
To release
1. Press the red button in the belt
buckle
2. Hold the belt
3. Guide the belt back into its reel.
Adjusting the safety belt height
The front belt system automatically
adjusts to your body size when the
height of the head restraint is adjusted.
Refer to page 54.
Always wear your safety belt
Always fasten your safety belt before
starting off. As supplemental restraint
devices, the airbags are designed to
enhance the effectiveness of the safety
belts, and not to replace them.
Always detach the rear safety
belts from their retainers before
wearing.<
If the safety belt system has been
subjected to the stresses involved
in an accident or otherwise damaged:
Have the entire safety belt mechanism
replaced by your BMW center, including the safety belt tensioner. In addition, have your BMW center inspect the
safety belt anchors. If a child-restraint
system was in the vehicle during an
accident, consult the manufacturer's
instructions regarding replacement.<
To avoid undesired movement at
high speeds, always store the rear
safety belts in their retainers when they
are not in use.<
To close
Make sure you hear the lock engage in
the belt buckle.
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Seat and mirror memory*
The lumbar support settings are
not stored in the memory.<
To store
1. Ignition key position 1 or 2
2. Select the desired seat and exterior
mirror positions
3. Press the MEMORY button: the indicator lamp in the button lights up
4. Press memory button 1, 2 or 3, as
desired: the indicator lamp goes out.
The driver's door is closed and the ignition key is either removed or in position
0 or 2:
> Maintain pressure on the desired
memory button – 1, 2 or 3 – until the
adjustment process is completed.
If you press the MEMORY button
accidentally: press the button
again; the indicator lamp goes out.<
You can have this feature programmed so that when you use
the remote control from your personalized key to unlock your door, your seat
and the exterior mirrors will move into
your own preferred positions.<
Controls
Maintenance
You can store and recall three different
driver's seat and exterior mirror positions.
> Briefly press memory button 1, 2 or 3,
as desired.
Movement stops immediately when
one of the seat-adjustment or memory buttons is activated during the
adjustment process.
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Ignition key in position 1:
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Do not select a memory position
while the vehicle is moving. If you
do so, there is a risk of accident from
unexpected seat movement.<
Before activating the programmed
adjustment feature, ensure that
the footwell behind the driver's seat is
empty and unobstructed. If you fail to
do so, persons, animals or objects
could be injured or damaged if the seat
should move backward.<
Index
To select a stored setting
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Seat and mirror memory*
Seat heating*
Passenger-side exterior mirror tilt
function
The seat cushion and backrest can be
heated with the ignition key in
position 2.
Automatic curb monitor*
1. Move mirror selector switch 1 to the
driver's mirror position
2. When shifting into Reverse, or placing the selector lever into position R,
the passenger-side mirror tilts downward. This allows the driver to see
the area directly adjacent to the vehicle during parking – curbs, etc.
You can select different heating modes
by repeatedly pressing the buttons.
You can also switch the higher heating
modes off directly:
Press the button and hold it slightly
longer.
How far the passenger mirror tilts
can be set individually for each
ignition key.<
You can deactivate this automatic feature by setting the mirror selection
switch to the passenger side position.
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Mirrors
Electric defrosting
Maintenance
Both mirrors are automatically heated
when you turn the ignition key to position 2.
Controls
objects reflected in the mirror are closer
than they appear. This means that estimates of the distance to following traffic
should not be regarded as precise.<
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To adjust
To adjust exterior mirrors
Never attempt to adjust the steering wheel while driving the vehicle
– it could respond with unexpected
movement, posing a potential accident
hazard.<
1 Switch for 4-way adjustment
1. Push the locking lever downward
2. Adjust the steering column's rake
and reach to suit your seat position
3. Pull the lever back up.
The mirrors can also be adjusted manually:
2 Selection switch for changing
between mirrors
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To adjust manually
Press the edge of the lens.
For storing mirror settings, refer to Seat
and mirror memory on page 57.
Index
The mirror on the passenger's
side is convex. When estimating
the distance between yourself and
other traffic, bear in mind that the
Data
Steering wheel
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Interior rearview mirror
To reduce glare from vehicles behind
you when you are driving at night, tilt
the mirror by turning the button.
Vehicles without alarm system:
Tilt the small lever forward.
Interior rearview mirror with
automatic dimming feature*
This mirror automatically dims through
an infinitely-variable range. It returns to
its clear, undimmed mode whenever
you engage Reverse.
To ensure that the mirror continues to
operate efficiently, ensure that the photocells remain clear and unobstructed.
One photocell is integrated in the mirror's lens – see arrow – while the other
is located at an offset position on the
rear of the mirror. Refrain from attaching stickers or other objects to the
windshield in the area immediately
behind the rearview mirror.
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Passenger safety systems
Airbags
The front airbags supplement the safety
belts by providing additional protection
in the event of a severe frontal collision
in which the protection afforded by the
belts alone may no longer be sufficient.
The side airbags help provide protection in the event of a collision from the
side. Each of the side airbags is
designed to help support the seat
occupant's upper body.
For information on the correct sitting
posture, refer to page 52.
Do not apply adhesive materials to
the cover panels of the airbags,
cover them or modify them in any other
way. Do not remove the airbag restraint
system. In the event of a malfunction,
deactivation or triggered activation – as
a response to an accident – of the airbag restraint system, consult your BMW
center for inspection, repair or disassembly. Do not modify or tamper with
either the wiring or the individual components in the airbag system. These
include the upholstered covers on the
steering wheel, instrument panel, side
trim panels of the doors and front roof
pillars and on the sides of the headliner.
Also, do not attempt to remove the
steering wheel. Unprofessional
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At all times, occupants should sit
upright and be properly restrained
– infants and small children in appropriate child-restraint systems; larger children and adults using the safety belts.
Never let an occupant's head rest near
or on a side airbag because the inflating
airbag could cause a serious or fatal
injury. Please note that the word Airbag
imprinted on the door trim panel indicates the airbag's location.
Accident research shows that the safest place for children in an automobile
is in the rear seat. However, a child sitting in the rear seat and not properly
restrained could place his or her head
on or near the airbag, if so equipped.
For example, a child — even though
belted in — may fall asleep with his or
her head against the side airbag. It may
be difficult for a driver to ensure that
children in the rear seat will remain
properly positioned at all times and not
Maintenance
The airbags do not deploy in
response to minor collisions, rear
impacts and certain kinds of vehicle
rollover.<
Repairs
Protective effect
attempts to service the system could
lead to failure in an emergency or
undesired airbag activation, either of
which could result in personal injury. Do
not touch the individual components
immediately after the system has been
activated, as this could result in personal injury.<
Data
2 Side airbags on the driver and passenger sides front and rear*
The side airbags in the rear passenger area* of your vehicle may
already have been deactivated either at
the time of manufacture or by a BMW
center. You may have them activated if
you desire to do so. Please contact
your BMW center for additional information.<
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1 Front airbags on the driver and passenger sides
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Airbags
place their heads on or near the side
airbag. Therefore, we recommend that
the rear-seat side airbags, if installed in
the vehicle, be deactivated if children
will travel in the rear seat.
The rear-seat side airbags may already
have been deactivated, either at the
time of manufacture or by a BMW center. Labels in the door opening should
indicate the status of your rear-seat
side airbags. If you are uncertain of
their status, or wish to have the airbags
activated or deactivated, please contact your BMW center.<
Even when all these guidelines are followed, there is still a small residual risk
of injuries to the face, hands and arms
occurring from airbag deployment in
isolated instances.
The ignition and inflation noise may
induce a mild temporary hearing loss in
sensitive individuals.
Corresponding airbag warning labels
are located on both sun visors.
This is the right way a child should sit in
a child-restraint when rear side airbags,
see arrow, are provided.
This is the right way a larger child
should sit wearing the seat belt when
rear side airbags, see arrow, are provided.
Indicator lamp
The indicator lamp indicates the
operational status of the airbag
system when the ignition key is
in position 1 or higher.
System operational:
> The indicator lamp comes on briefly
when you turn the ignition key to
position 1 or higher.
System malfunction:
> Indicator lamp does not come on or
> indicator lamp lights up continuously.
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If there is a system malfunction, there is
a risk that the airbags will not be triggered within their normal response
range, even if the level of impact would
normally have triggered them.
To avoid undesired movement at
high speeds, always store the rear
safety belts in their retainers when they
are not in use.<
Controls
Child-restraint system with
tether strap
Index
Data
Repairs
If you use a child-restraint system with
a tether strap, two additional tether
anchorage points have been provided –
refer to the arrows in the illustration.
Maintenance
Have your BMW center inspect the sys- Commercially available child-restraint
systems are designed to be secured
tem immediately.
with a lap belt or with the lap belt portion of a combination lap/shoulder belt.
Improperly or inadequately installed
restraint systems can increase the risk
of injury to children. Always read and
follow the instructions that come with
the system.
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Airbags
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It is recommended to cover the childrestraint attaching clip with a soft material to prevent damage to the stored
soft top.
Should a hard top be installed, the
fitting of child harness tether
strap/s – if child seat is required – is
necessary before installation of the
hard top.<
Depending on the location selected for
seating in the rear passenger area,
attach the tether strap to the corresponding anchorage point to secure the
child-restraint system, as shown in the
illustration.
1. Open the convertible top compartment lid, refer to page 41 or 46
2. Lift the headrest and pass the tether
strap between the headrest and the
seat back. It is recommended that
you return the headrest to its lowest
possible position
3. Adjust the tether strap according to
the child-restraint manufacturer's
instructions
4. Close the convertible top compartment panel.
Before installing any childrestraint device or child seat,
please read the following:
Never install a rear-facing childrestraint system in the front passenger
seat of this vehicle.
Your vehicle is equipped with an airbag
supplemental restraint system for the
front passenger. Because the backrest
on any rear-facing child-restraint system – of the kind designed for infants
under 1 year and 20 lbs/9 kg – would
be within the airbag's deployment
range, you should never mount such a
device in the front passenger seat,
since the impact of the airbag against
the child-restraint's backrest could lead
to serious or fatal injuries.
If it is necessary for a child – not an
infant – to ride in the front seat, certain
precautions should be taken. First,
move the passenger seat as far away
from the dashboard as possible. This
important precaution is intended to
maximize the distance between the airbag and the child. Older children
should be tightly secured with the
safety belt after they have outgrown a
booster seat that is appropriate for their
age, height, and weight. Younger chil-
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Securing child-restraint system
All of the rear belt retractors and the
front passenger's safety belt can be
locked for mounting and securing childrestraint systems.
A label with the appropriate instructions
is located in the immediate vicinity of
the buckle of each safety belt.
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All rear seating positions in your vehicle
meet the recommendations of
SAE J1819, an industry-recommended To lock the safety belt
practice for securing child-restraint sys- Extract the entire length of the belt from
tems in motor vehicles.
the inertia reel mechanism. Allow the
reel to retract the belt somewhat and
engage the buckle, then tighten the belt
against the child-restraint system. The
retraction mechanism is now locked.
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Release the safety belt, remove the
child seat and retract the safety belt to
its end position on the belt retractor.
Maintenance
To unlock the safety belt
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The belt cannot be extracted further.
Always observe the installation instructions provided by the manufacturer of
the child-restraint system.
Data
dren should be secured in an appropriate forward-facing child-restraint system that has first been properly
installed with a safety belt.
Never install a rear-facing childrestraint system in the front passenger
seat.
We strongly urge you to carefully read
and comply with the instructions for
installation and use provided by the
child-restraint's manufacturer whenever
you use such a device.
Do not attempt to modify child-restraint
systems. If you do this, the protection
provided by these systems could be
impaired.
Be sure that all occupants – of all ages –
remain properly and securely restrained
at all times.<
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LATCH child-restraint mounting
system
LATCH: Lower Anchors and Tethers for
CHildren
Canadian models only:
The LATCH anchorage points are identified by buttons.
The left and right rear seats are both
equipped with a LATCH child-restraint
mounting system.
Your BMW center can provide you with
a special installation aid* that helps prevent damage to the upholstery.
The anchorage points for the LATCH
child-restraint system are located
behind the upholstery at the positions
indicated by the arrows.
Press the installation aid firmly in the
crack between the seat and the backrest upholstery until both funnels click
onto the LATCH system bars in the
seat.
Carefully slide the brackets through the
gaps in the upholstery at the indicated
locations.
The illustration is an example showing
the anchorages for a LATCH child seat
system on the right rear seat.
Always follow all manufacturer's
instructions and observe all safety
precautions when installing the LATCH
child-restraint mounting system.
To avoid undesired movement at high
speeds, always store the rear safety
belts in their retainers when they are
not in use.<
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In addition to the integrated rollover bar
in the windshield frame, the rollover
protection system affords all the vehicle
occupants necessary headroom.
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2. Pull up on the lever – see arrow –
toward the front of the vehicle and
keep it in this position
Data
If, after being automatically triggered,
its protective function is not needed,
then the rollover protection system can
be lowered back into place. No special
tool is needed for this.
1. Using a screwdriver from the onboard tool kit, remove the cover
panel; to do this, position the screwdriver under the notch – see arrow
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Always keep the travel path for the
rollover protection system free
and clear. Under no circumstances
should you cover the head restraints.
In the event of less serious accidents,
the safety belt will protect you and,
depending on the severity of the accident, so will the safety belt tensioner
and the multi-stage airbag restraint system as well.<
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In the event of an accident or some
other critical driving situation – extreme
tilting in the longitudinal or transverse
axis, loss of contact with the ground –
the rollover protection system will be
automatically activated. The protective
bars located in the rear head restraints
extend within fractions of a second.
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Rollover protection system
3. Keep pressing down on the protective bar – see arrow 1 – from on top
until you hear it click into place
4. Put the cover panel back in place
and press down firmly
5. Push the back panel of the head
restraint closed – see arrow 2.
Do the same for the second protective
bar. If you are not familiar with any of
the procedures, consult your BMW
center.
Do not move the convertible top
under any circumstances if the
rollover protection system has
extended.
Do not use the rear head restraints as
storage shelves.
Absolutely no modifications are to be
made to any of the rollover protection
system's individual components or any
of its wiring.
Only your BMW center is to carry out
any work on the rollover protection system.
Work done on the system that is carried
out improperly could lead to failure in
an emergency or accidental activation.
Regarding having the system checked
to ensure long-term operation: be scrupulous in adhering to the Service interval display for maintenance intervals.
Every 2 years at the latest, the rollover
protection system must be inspected at
a BMW center.<
Have the rollover protection system
checked out by your BMW center after
it has been inadvertently triggered.
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Vehicle Memory, Key Memory
The available configuration data fall into
two categories, according to whether
their primary orientation is the vehicle –
Vehicle Memory – or the individual –
Key Memory. Provided that each per-
What the system can do
Your BMW center can provide you with
details on the capabilities of the Vehicle
Memory and Key Memory systems.
Examples for Vehicle Memory:
> Various signals as acknowledgment
when locking or unlocking your vehicle, refer to pages 31, 33
> Activates/deactivates the "Follow me
You will see this symbol throughhome" function, refer to page 96
out the Owner's Manual. It is to
> Activates/deactivates daytime drivremind you at appropriate places of the
ing lamps, refer to page 96
settings that are available to you.<
> Sets the units of measure for displaying time, outside temperature, distance traveled and fuel consumption
in the instrument cluster
Controls
> Unlocks driver's door first, then the
vehicle's remaining locks, refer to
page 33
> Locks the vehicle automatically after
you start off, refer to page 34
> Automatically adjusts the driver's
seat to the personal programmed
settings when the vehicle is
unlocked, refer to page 57
> Automatic tilting of the passengerside mirror, refer to page 58.
Maintenance
No doubt you have reflected at one
time or another on how great it would
be if you could permanently configure
your vehicle's various features and
adjustments to mirror your own individual preferences. In engineering your
vehicle, BMW has provided for a number of options for personal adjustment
that can be programmed into your vehicle at your BMW center.
Examples for Key Memory:
Index
How the system functions
Color-coded decals have been provided to help you distinguish individual
keys with different settings.
Repairs
The system then relies on a bilateral
data exchange to identify the individual
user and executes the selected settings
whenever the remote control unit is
used to disengage the door locks.
> Indicates via an acoustic tone that
PDC has been activated, refer to
page 87
> Switches on rear window defroster
automatically, refer to
pages 102, 107
> After giving an ice warning, the display returns to the previous setting,
refer to page 85.
Data
son has a separate remote-control key,
you can have your BMW center enter
basic adjustment data for up to four
individuals in the system.
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Ignition lock
Starting the engine
Vehicles with manual transmission:
Step on the clutch when starting the
vehicle. A lockout prevents the engine
from starting if the clutch is not
depressed.<
Steering locked
The key can only be inserted and
removed in this position.
Ignition key positions
0 Steering locked
1 Steering unlocked
2 Ignition on
3 Start engine
Vehicles with automatic transmission:
Do not move the selector lever from
position P until the engine is running,
ignition key position 2.
To turn the key to position 0 or to
remove it, first move the selector lever
to position P – Interlock.<
After removing the key, turn the steering wheel slightly to the left or right until
you hear the lock engage.
If the key is not removed, an acoustic
signal sounds when the driver door is
opened.
The sound system remains operational
for approx. 20 minutes after you switch
off the ignition, ignition key in position 0
or key removed. Simply switch it back
on.
Steering unlocked
You will find that it is often easier to turn
the ignition key from position 0 to position 1 when you move the steering
wheel slightly to help disengage the
lock.
Individual electrical accessories are
ready for operation.
Before starting
> Engage the parking brake
> Ensure that the gearshift lever is in
neutral, or, with an automatic transmission, that the selector lever is in P
> Depress the clutch pedal at low temperatures.
Do not allow the engine to run in
enclosed spaces. Otherwise,
breathing the exhaust fumes can lead
to unconsciousness and death. The
exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide, an odorless and colorless, but
highly toxic gas. Do not leave the vehicle unattended with the engine running.
An unattended vehicle with a running
engine represents a safety hazard.<
When driving, standing at idle,
and parking the vehicle, take care
to avoid contact between the hot
exhaust system and flammable materials – grass, hay, leaves, etc. Such contact could lead to a fire, resulting in
serious personal injury and property
damage.<
> Do not press the accelerator pedal
while starting the engine.
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Starting the engine
Cold starts at extremely low temperatures below approx. +5 7/–156 and at
altitudes over 3,300 ft/1,000 m:
> On the first start attempt, it may be
necessary to engage the starter for a
longer period – but no longer than
20 seconds
> Press the accelerator pedal halfway
down while engaging the starter.
Engine idle speed is controlled by the
engine computer system. Increased
speeds at start-up are normal and
should decrease as the engine warms
up. If engine speed does not decrease,
service is required.
Overview
Controls
Maintenance
Repairs
> Press the accelerator pedal halfway
down while engaging the starter.
Extended starting attempts, characterized by excessively frequent
or long periods with the starter
engaged, can damage the catalytic
converter.<
Data
If the engine does not start on the first
attempt – if it is very hot or cold, for
instance:
To prevent the battery from discharging, always deactivate electrical
devices that are not in use. Switch the
ignition off when the vehicle is not
being driven.
Index
Do not actuate the starter for too
short a time, but do not actuate it
for more than approx. 20 seconds.
Release the ignition key immediately
when the engine starts.
Do not allow the engine to warm up by
leaving it running while the vehicle
remains stationary. Instead, drive off
immediately at a moderate engine
speed.<
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Switching off the engine
Parking brake
Turn the ignition key to position 1 or 0.
You should never remove the ignition key when the vehicle is in
motion, as the steering lock could
engage.
When you leave the vehicle, always
remove the ignition key and engage the
steering lock.<
Vehicles with manual transmission:
Always engage the parking brake when
parking on slopes and inclined surfaces. Placing the lever in gear may not
provide adequate resistance to rolling.
Vehicles with automatic transmission:
place the selector lever in P.<
The parking brake is primarily designed
to prevent the vehicle from rolling while
parked. It operates on the rear wheels.
To engage
The detent engages automatically and
the indicator lamp in the instrument
cluster comes on when the ignition key
is in position 2, refer to page 18.
To release
Pull up slightly on the lever, press the
button – see arrow – and lower the
lever.
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Overview
Controls
Reverse
Select only when the vehicle is stationary. Press the gearshift lever to the left
to overcome the slight resistance.
When you select reverse the backup
lamps will light up automatically when
the ignition key is in position 2.
Maintenance
Do not hold the vehicle in place on
slopes by slipping or "riding" the
clutch. Use the parking brake instead.
Riding the clutch leads to severe and
premature clutch wear.<
Repairs
To avoid corrosion and one-sided
braking, apply the parking brake
lightly from time to time when coasting
to a standstill – at a traffic signal, for
instance – provided that it is safe to do
so.<
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Data
If exceptional circumstances
make it necessary to engage the
parking brake while the vehicle is in
motion, do not pull it with excessive
pressure. Keep your thumb pressed
against the release button while carefully pulling the lever up.
Excessive pressure can lead to overbraking and loss of traction – fishtailing
– at the rear axle.
The brake lamps do not come on when
the parking brake is engaged.
Vehicles with manual transmission:
Always engage the parking brake when
parking on slopes and inclined surfaces. Placing the lever in gear may not
provide adequate resistance to rolling.
Vehicles with automatic transmission:
place the selector lever in P.<
Manual transmission
Index
Parking brake
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Automatic transmission with Steptronic*
You can drive as with a normal automatic transmission. In addition, you can
also shift manually.
When you move the selector lever from
the D position to the left into the M/S
range, the performance-oriented shift
programs of the automatic transmission
are engaged. Steptronic enters the
manual selection mode and executes
the desired shift whenever you tap the
selector lever in the direction indicated
by + or –. Whenever you want to use
automatic again, just move the selector
lever toward the right to position D.
Under normal operating conditions, fuel
consumption is lowest when driving in
position D.
While the vehicle is stationary and
before shifting out of Park or Neutral, depress the footbrake in order to
disengage the selector lever's lock
mechanism – Shiftlock.
Hold the footbrake down until starting
off. The vehicle will otherwise "creep"
when a drive position is engaged.<
To prevent the vehicle from starting off on its own, always move
the selector lever to position P and
engage the parking brake before leavSelector lever positions
ing your vehicle with the engine runP R N D M/S + –
ning.
Do not leave the vehicle unattended
Starting the engine
with the engine running. An unattended
The engine can only be started in selec- vehicle with a running engine represents a safety hazard.<
tor lever positions P – for Park – or N –
for Neutral.
P Park
Range selection
A detent prevents inadvertent shifts to
the Reverse or Park selector lever positions. To disengage the detent, press
the button on the front side of
the selector lever button – see arrow.
Select only when the vehicle is stationary. Transmission locks to prevent rear
wheels from turning.
R Reverse
Select only when the vehicle is stationary.
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Automatic transmission with Steptronic*
Kickdown
In the kickdown mode, you achieve
maximum acceleration and top speed
in position D.
Depress the accelerator pedal past the
increased resistance point at the fullthrottle position.
M/S manual operation and Sport
Program
Move the selector lever from D to M/S
to activate the Sport Program; SD
appears in the display panel. The M/S
mode is recommended for performance-oriented driving.
Once in the M/S mode you can tap the
selector lever to switch the automatic
transmission from the Sport Program to
its manual selection mode.
This mode allows you to execute
upshifts manually by tapping the lever
toward +, while downshifts are selected
by tapping in the "–" direction. The displays M1 through M5 appear in the display panel to indicate your current gear
selection.
To accelerate quickly in the manual mode for maneuvers such as
passing another vehicle, shift down
manually or employ the kickdown
mode.<
Shifting from M/S to the selector lever
positions P, R and N is possible only by
going through D.
Controls
This position is designed for driving
under all normal operating conditions.
All forward gears are available.
Maintenance
D Drive – automatic shift program
Repairs
Select only when stopping for an
extended period.
Data
The Adaptive Transmission Control
(ATC) executes upshifts and downshifts
only when the new gear will provide a
suitable combination of engine and
road speed, i.e., ATC will not execute
downshifts if the engine speed is too
high. The desired, then the actual gear,
briefly appear in the instrument cluster.
Index
N Neutral
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Automatic transmission with Steptronic*
If the indicator lamp does not go out,
you can place the selector lever in all
positions. However, the vehicle will now
only operate in 3rd and 4th gear.
If this happens, avoid extreme engine
loads and consult the nearest authorized BMW center.
Never work in the engine compartment when a drive gear – forward or reverse – is engaged. If you do
this, the vehicle could move.<
Available displays
P R N D SD M1 M2 M3 M4 M5
For towing or jump-starting, refer to the
information beginning on page 157.
Electronic transmission control
module
If the indicator lamp comes on,
there is a malfunction in the
transmission system.
Bring the vehicle to a stop. Move the
transmission selector lever to P. Set the
parking brake and turn the engine off –
ignition key to position 0.
Wait a few seconds, then start the
engine.
If the indicator lamp goes out after a
few seconds, normal transmission performance has been restored. You may
continue to drive as usual.
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To signal briefly
Press the lever up to but not beyond
the detent. It then returns to the center
position when released.
If the flashing of the turn signal
indicators and the clicking from
the relay are both faster than normal,
one of the turn signal indicators has
failed.<
Repairs
3 Turn signal indicator – green indicator
lamps accompanied by a periodic
clicking sound from the relay
Data
2 Headlamp flasher – blue indicator
lamp
Index
1 High beams – blue indicator lamp
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
Turn signal indicator/Headlamp flasher
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Washer/wiper system/Rain sensor*
Rain sensor*
Fast wiper speed
The rain sensor is located on the windshield directly behind the rearview mirror.
When the vehicle is stationary, the wipers operate at normal speed – not on
vehicles with rain sensor.
To activate the rain sensor:
0 Wipers retracted
1 Intermittent mode or rain sensor
2 Normal wipe
3 Fast wipe
4 Brief wipe
5 Rotary dial for control of the wipe
interval or the sensitivity of the rain
sensor
Intermittent mode
Not on vehicles with rain sensor.
You can select any of four sweep intervals with rotary dial 5.
In addition, the wipe interval varies
automatically depending on road
speed.
> With the ignition key in position 1
or higher, move the lever to position
1. The wipers will make at least one
sweep across the windshield.
You can leave the lever in position 1
at all times. With the ignition key in
position 1 or higher, all you then need
to do to activate the rain sensor is
> briefly turn the rotary dial 5, or
> clean windshield 1, refer to page 79.
To adjust the sensitivity of the rain sensor: turn rotary dial 5.
To switch off the rain sensor:
Return lever to position 0.
Turn the rain sensor off in automatic car washes. Failure to do so
could result in damage caused by
undesired wiper activation.<
Normal wiper speed
When the vehicle is stationary, the wipers switch automatically to intermittent
wipe – not on vehicles with rain sensor.
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You can store and automatically maintain any desired vehicle speed above
approx. 20 mph / 30 km/h.
Windshield washer nozzles
The cruise control is available whenever
the engine is running and the system
has been activated.
The windshield washer nozzles are
heated automatically* when the ignition
key is in position 2.
To activate the system
With the ignition key in position 2:
1 Clean windshield and headlamps
Press the button. The indicator lamp in
the instrument cluster comes on, refer
to page 20. You can now use the cruise
control.
Clean windshield and headlamps*
Do not use the washers if there is
any danger that the fluid will
freeze on the windshield, as your vision
could be obscured. Always use a windshield washer antifreeze in cold
weather. Refer to page 136.
Do not use the washers when the reservoir is empty. This could cause damage
to the washer pump.<
Do not use cruise control on twisting roads, when high traffic density prevents driving at a constant
speed, or when the road surface is slick
– snow, rain, ice – or loose – rocks or
gravel, sand.<
The system sprays washer fluid against
the windshield and activates the wipers
for a brief period.
Press the button as often as needed
until the indicator lamp in the instrument cluster goes out.
Data
To deactivate the system
Cruise control is also deactivated when
the ignition key is in position 0.
Index
0 Wipers retracted
Controls
When the vehicle's lighting system is
switched on, the headlamps will also be
cleaned at reasonable intervals.
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Maintenance
Cruise control*
Repairs
Washer/wiper system/Rain sensor*
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Cruise control*
> If you exceed or fall below the programmed speed for an extended
period – by depressing the accelerator, for example.
The speed stored in memory is deleted. To decelerate
To store and maintain speed or to
accelerate
Press button + briefly:
The system maintains and stores the
current vehicle speed. Every time you
tap the button, the speed increases by
approx. 0.6 mph / 1 km/h.
Press and hold button +:
Press button "–" briefly:
If you are already driving with activated
cruise control, the speed is decreased
by approx. 0.6 mph / 1 km/h every time
you tap the button.
Press and hold button "–":
With the cruise control active, the system automatically reduces the throttle
opening to slow the vehicle. When you
release the button, the system maintains and stores the current speed.
To recall the stored setting
Press the button:
The vehicle accelerates to and maintains the last speed stored.
The vehicle accelerates without pressure on the accelerator pedal. When
you release the button, the system
maintains and stores the current speed. To interrupt the cruise control
If on a downhill gradient the
engine braking effect is not sufficient, the controlled speed can be
exceeded. Speed can drop on uphill
grades if the engine output is insufficient.<
When the system is activated, press the
button. The indicator lamp stays on.
You can use the cruise control again
whenever you want by calling up the
speed that was stored last.
In addition, cruise control is interrupted
automatically:
> When the brakes are applied
> When you apply pressure to the
clutch pedal, or when you move the
automatic transmission selector lever
from D to N
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Everything under control
Odometer
Tachometer
Energy control
1 Odometer
Never allow the engine to operate with
the needle in the red overspeed zone of
the gauge – see arrow.
Indicates the current fuel consumption
in mpg – in liters/100 km on Canadian
models. This allows you to see whether
your current driving style is conducive
to fuel economy with minimum exhaust
emissions.
Odometer
You can activate the displays shown in
the illustration with the ignition key in
position 0 by pressing the left button,
see arrow, in the instrument cluster.
To protect the engine, the fuel supply is
interrupted when you approach this
sector.
When the vehicle is stationary, the display goes to Maximum – zero on Canadian models.
Repairs
2 Trip odometer
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
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Index
To reset the trip odometer to zero,
press the left button – see arrow – with
the ignition key in position 1 or higher.
Data
Trip odometer
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Fuel gauge
Engine coolant temperature gauge
Between the blue and red zones
Normal operating range. The needle
may rise as far as the edge of the red
sector during normal operation.
Once the indicator lamp stays on continuously, there are still approx.
2 gallons/8 liters of fuel in the fuel tank.
Fuel tank capacity approx.
16.6 gallons/63 liters.
Certain operating conditions, such as
those encountered in mountainous
areas, may cause the needle to fluctuate slightly.
Fill the fuel tank before it is completely empty. Driving to the last
drop of fuel can prevent the engine
from operating properly and result in
damage.<
Blue
The engine is still cold. Drive at moderate engine and vehicle speeds.
Red
When you switch on the ignition, the
warning lamp comes on briefly as an
operation check.
If the lamp comes on during normal
vehicle operation: the engine has overheated. Shut off the engine immediately
and allow it to cool down.
To check coolant level, refer to
page 138.
When you switch on the ignition, the
indicator lamp lights up briefly as an
operation check.
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Service interval display
Check Control
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The computer bases its calculations of
the remaining distance on the preceding driving style.
1 Check the low and high beams as
well as the parking lamps
2 Door open
3 Luggage compartment lid open
Repairs
The next service due appears with the
message OIL SERVICE or
INSPECTION, together with the distance remaining in miles – in kilometers
in Canada – before the next scheduled
service.
When the ignition key is in position 2 or
higher, the following information and/or
conditions are indicated using symbols
until the condition has been corrected.
4 Check tail or brake lamps
When you open the driver's door after
parking, a signal sounds to remind you
if the headlamps have not been
switched off.
Data
The displays shown in the illustration
appear for a few seconds when the
ignition key is in position 1 or higher or
after the engine is started.
Display
Index
Remaining distance to next
service
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
A flashing message and a "–" in front of
the number mean that the service interval has already been exceeded by the
distance shown on the display. Please
contact your BMW center for an
appointment.
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Clock
If you wish to have a permanent time
display, you can make this setting in the
radio display, refer to the Owner's Manual for Radio.
In ignition key position 0: the time is
displayed for a few seconds after you
press the left button, refer to Odometer
on page 81.
You can set the clock and the time display in the car radio as follows.
To adjust
With the ignition key in position 1 or
higher and the time displayed in the
instrument cluster.
To set ahead: turn the right button to
the right.
To set back: turn the right button to the
left.
The adjustment speed will increase the
longer you continue to hold the right
button.
To change the display mode: press the
right button briefly.
Every time you press the button, the
clock display alternates between the
12-hour and 24-hour mode.
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Computer
Mode selection
Outside temperature
With the ignition key in position 1 or
higher, you can call up information from
the computer using the button in the
turn signal lever. The information is displayed in the instrument cluster. Each
time you press the button briefly toward
the steering column, a new function is
called up in the display.
You can change the units of measure,
6/7, for the outside temperature display by pressing the right-hand reset
button in the instrument cluster while
the temperature display is active. The
units of measure, 6/7, in the temperature display of the automatic climate
control change automatically, refer to
page 104.
Controls
Data
Ice warning
Time of day, outside temperature, averIf the outside temperature drops to
age fuel consumption, cruising range,
about 37.57/+36, then the computer
average vehicle speed.
will automatically switch to a display of
When the ignition key is turned to posithe outside temperature. In addition, a
tion 1 or higher, the last active setting is
signal sounds as a warning and the disdisplayed.
play flashes for a brief period.
Index
The displays appear in the following
order:
Maintenance
The ice warning does not alter the
fact that surface ice can form at
temperatures above 37.5 7/+36, on
bridges or shaded road surfaces, for
instance.<
Repairs
After giving an ice warning, the
display returns to the previous
setting.<
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Computer
It is important that you refuel when
the cruising range falls below
approx. 35 miles / 50 kilometers. Otherwise, the engine cannot be guaranteed
to operate properly and damage may
result.<
Average speed
If you continue to press and hold the
button on the turn signal lever, the average speed being displayed is recalculated from that point in time.
Average fuel consumption
Any time spent when the vehicle is stationary and the engine is switched off is
If you continue to press and hold the
button on the turn signal lever, the aver- ignored for the calculation.
age fuel consumption being displayed
is recalculated from that point in time.
If you wish, you can have the average fuel consumption displayed in
a different unit of measure.<
Range
The computer bases its calculations for
the cruising range on the operating
conditions in the preceding period and
on the remaining fuel in the tank.
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Technology for safety and driving convenience
Park Distance Control (PDC)*
The system starts to operate automatically approx. one second after you
select Reverse or move the selector
lever into the R position with the ignition key in position 2.
Let this short period elapse before
driving backwards.<
The warning signal is canceled after
approx. three seconds if the distance to
the object remains constant during this
time – if you are moving parallel to
a wall, for instance.
System malfunctions will be indicated
by a continuous high-pitched tone
when the system is activated the first
time. Please have the problem fixed by
your BMW center.
PDC does not replace the driver's
personal responsibility for evaluating the distance between the vehicle
and any objects. Always remember that
Keep the sensors clean and free
of ice or snow in order to ensure
that they will continue to operate effectively.
Do not apply high pressure spray to the
sensors for a prolonged period of time.
Always maintain a distance of more
than 4 in/10 cm.<
Overview
Controls
Maintenance
Repairs
PDC is a parking aid that can
identify objects if they are
approached slowly, as is generally the
case when parking. Avoid driving
towards objects rapidly; due to underlying physical principles, the system may
otherwise alert you too late for you to
take evasive steps.<
the sensors can neither detect nor provide warnings of obstacles located
within their blind angles. This applies
You can have a signal set to con- especially in those cases where the
firm that the PDC has been actisystem approaches the physical limits
vated.<
of ultrasonic measurement, as occurs
with tow bars and trailer couplings, and
in the vicinity of thin or wedge-shaped
Acoustic signals
objects. Moreover, low objects that
The distance to the nearest object is
indicated by a tone sounding at various have already been detected – such as a
intervals. As the distance between vehi- curb edge – can disappear out of the
cle and object decreases, the intervals detection range of the sensors before a
continuous tone sounds.
between the tones become shorter. A
Loud sources of sound from outside or
continuous tone indicates the presinside the vehicle could drown out the
ence of an object less than 1 ft/30 cm
PDC signal tone.<
away.
Data
PDC provides extra safety and convenience during parking maneuvers.
Acoustic signals alert you to the
momentary distance to an object
behind your vehicle. The system features four ultrasonic sensors mounted
in your rear bumper. The monitoring
range for the two corner sensors
extends outward roughly 2 ft/60 cm,
while two centrally located sensors
detect objects at distances of up to
approx. 5 ft/1.50 m.
PDC is deactivated when you shift back
out of Reverse.
Index
The concept
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Automatic Stability Control plus Traction (ASC+T)*
The concept
ASC+T optimizes vehicle stability and
traction, especially when you are starting off, accelerating or when going
through curves.
ASC+T is ready each time you start the
engine.
ASC+T contains the Automatic Differential Brake (ADB) and Cornering Brake
Control (CBC) functions.
Additional information on ASC+T is
found in the "Technology" brochure.
Indicator lamp
The indicator lamp in the instrument cluster goes out shortly
after you switch on the ignition,
refer to page 19.
> The indicator lamp flashes: ASC+T is
actively controlling drive torque and
braking intervention
> The indicator lamp stays lit: ASC+T
has been switched off with the button; ADB is operational. ADB control
intervention is not indicated.
The indicator and the brake
warning lamps will remain on
continuously yellow:
The ASC+T and ADB have been
switched off manually or there is
a system malfunction.
You can still drive the vehicle as normal
without ASC+T.
In the event of a fault, please consult
your BMW center.
Indicator and warning lamps for
Canadian models.
Switching off the
ASC+T/activating the ADB
Press the ASC button briefly; the indicator lamp comes on and stays on.
ASC+T has been switched off; ADB is
operational.
In the following rare situations, it may
be effective to activate the ADB for a
brief period:
> When rocking the vehicle or starting
off in deep snow or on loose surfaces
> When driving with snow chains.
To maintain vehicle stability,
always drive with the ASC+T activated whenever possible.<
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Press the button again briefly; the indicator lamp or the indicator lamps will go
out. ADB is deactivated.
The laws of physics cannot be
repealed even with ASC+T. An
appropriate driving style always
remains the responsibility of the driver.
We therefore urge you to avoid using
the additional safety margin of the system as an excuse for taking risks.<
Controls
Maintenance
Reactivating the ASC+T
Repairs
To maintain vehicle stability,
always drive with the ASC+T activated whenever possible.<
Data
The systems for enhancing stability and
traction are deactivated, and there is no
active braking intervention or torque
control.
Index
Press the ASC button for at least 3 seconds; the indicator lamps and the yellow brake warning lamp come on and
stay on.
Overview
Deactivating the ASC+T and ADB
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Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)*
The concept
DSC maintains vehicle stability, even in
critical driving situations.
DSC is operational every time you start
the engine.
DSC contains the Dynamic Traction
Control (DTC) and Cornering Brake
Control (CBC) functions.
The vehicle will remain completely
operational, however, without DSC. In
the event of a fault, please consult your
BMW center.
Indicator and warning lamps for
Canadian models.
Additional information on DSC is found
in the "Technology" brochure.
Indicator lamp
The indicator lamp in the instrument cluster goes out shortly
after you switch on the ignition,
refer to page 19.
> The indicator lamp flashes: DSC is
actively controlling drive torque and
braking intervention
> The indicator lamp stays lit: DSC has
been switched off with the button;
DTC and DBC are operational. DTC
control intervention is not indicated.
The indicator and the brake
warning lamps will remain on
continuously yellow:
Deactivating the DSC/activating
the DTC
Press the DSC button briefly; the indicator lamp comes on and stays on.
DSC is deactivated; DTC is operational.
In the following rare situations, it may
prove useful to activate the DTC for a
brief period:
> When rocking the vehicle or starting
off in deep snow or on loose surfaces
> When driving with snow chains
> When driving on snow-covered
grades, in deep snow, or on a snowcovered surface that has been
packed down from being driven on.
The DSC, DTC and DBC have
been switched off manually or
there is a system malfunction.
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Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)*
To maintain vehicle stability,
always drive with the DSC activated whenever possible.<
Reactivating the DSC
Press the button again; the indicator
lamp or the indicator lamps will go out.
DTC is deactivated.
Overview
Controls
Maintenance
The systems for enhancing stability and
traction are deactivated, and there is no
active braking intervention or torque
control.
Repairs
Hold the DSC button down for at least
3 seconds. The indicator lamp and the
yellow brake warning lamps light up
and remain on continuously.
Data
To switch DSC and ADB off
The laws of physics cannot be
repealed even with DSC. An
appropriate driving style always
remains the responsibility of the driver.
We therefore urge you to avoid using
the additional safety margin of the system as an excuse for taking risks.
Whenever the DTC is activated, the
DSC is switched off and performs minor
stabilizing intervention.
Do not make any modifications to the
DSC system. Allow only authorized
technicians to perform service procedures on the DSC.<
Index
Under these special circumstances
traction is increased by deactivating the
control systems that enhance traction
under normal conditions.
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Tire Pressure Monitor (TPM)*
The concept
4. After a few minutes' driving time,
TPM adopts the current inflation
pressures in the tires as the reference values to be monitored.
TPM monitors the tire pressures at all
four tires even while the vehicle is moving. The system provides an alert whenever the inflation pressure drops significantly below the specified pressure in
one or more tires.
In the event of loss in inflation
pressure
If the inflation pressure has dropped
significantly over a long period of time,
which is normal for any tire, the yellow
indicator lamp will come on.
This indicator lamp in the instrument cluster informs you when
the tire pressure deviates from
the target values.
Initializing the system
Initializing is necessary to familiarize the
system with the correct inflation pressures.
Repeat this process after tire replacement, tire rotation or any changes in tire
inflation pressure.
1. Check the tire inflation pressures in
all the tires, comparing them with the
inflation pressure chart on page 25,
and adjust them if necessary
2. Turn the ignition key to position 2, do
not start the engine
3. Press the button long enough for the
yellow indicator lamp in the instrument cluster to light up for a few seconds
This alerts you to have the tires inflated
to the specified pressures as soon as
possible.
If you are prompted to check the
tire pressure shortly after a correction has been made, this indicates
that the corrected values were not
valid. Please check the inflation pressure again and make corrections
according to the inflation pressure
table. Then reinitialize the system.<
Flat tire
If there is a tire failure with loss of pressure, the red warning lamp will come
on. This visual alert is accompanied by
an acoustic warning signal.
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The concept
The yellow indicator lamp will come on
during the malfunction.
The indicator lamp also comes on
> in the event of a system fault
> if a wheel is mounted without the
appropriate TPM electronics
> if, in addition to the spare tire, additional wheels with TPM electronics
are being carried on board.
Have the tires changed by your
BMW center.
Your BMW center has the information
needed for working with TPM and is
equipped with the necessary special
tools.<
Data
The TPM cannot alert you to
severe and sudden tire damage
caused by external factors.<
The system actually detects pressure
loss by monitoring differences in the
relative speeds of the four wheels. It
interprets variations outside specified
limits as severe pressure loss, and then
responds by generating a warning.
Repairs
The space-saver spare tire is provided for temporary use only in the
case of a tire failure. It does not have
TPM electronics and is not monitored.
The spare tire that has the same dimen- Please refer the problem to your BMW
center.
sions as the tires already mounted on
the vehicle is equipped with the necessary TPM electronics and will also be
monitored once the tire has been
mounted and the system initialized.<
As you drive, the Flat Tire Monitor
keeps track of pressure levels in all four
tires in order to detect and warn of any
substantial pressure loss.
Overview
If this occurs, reduce vehicle speed
immediately and stop the vehicle in a
safe location. Avoid hard brake applications. Do not oversteer. Replace the
defective tire, refer to page 151.
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Controls
Flat Tire Monitor*
Maintenance
Tire Pressure Monitor (TPM)*
Local devices using the same radio frequency can interfere with the TPM.
Index
System interference
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Flat Tire Monitor*
3. Press the button until the yellow indicator lamp in the instrument cluster
lights up. After a little while, the indicator lamp will go out by itself
4. After a few minutes' driving time, the
Flat Tire Monitor adopts the current
pressure levels as the reference and
from that point on, can detect and
report a flat tire.
Initializing the system
To activate/deactivate the system
Initializing is necessary to familiarize the
system with the correct inflation pressures.
The Flat Tire Monitor automatically
assumes operation whenever you turn
the ignition key to position 2. Unless
manually deactivated, it is always on
during normal vehicle operation.
Repeat this process after any changes
in tire inflation pressure, tire rotation or
replacement. Do not carry out further
system initialization after adjusting the
inflation pressure and letting the system
"learn" the correct pressures.
1. Check the tire inflation pressures in
all the tires, comparing them with the
inflation pressure chart on page 25
and adjusting their pressure if necessary
2. Turn the ignition key to position 2
To deactivate the system: press the
button, the yellow indicator lamp comes
on.
To activate the system: press the button again, the indicator lamp goes out.
You should deactivate the system
before driving with snow chains, as the
chains can generate spurious warnings
and/or prevent the system from detecting actual pressure loss.
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Controls
Maintenance
Data
Please refer the problem to your BMW
center.
Index
vide you with advance warning of
sudden and severe tire damage caused
by external factors.
The system also does not detect the
gradual and minor loss of pressure that
all tires display over extended periods
of time.<
Repairs
Check tire inflation pressures on a
regular basis, correcting them as
The red warning lamp in the
necessary, refer to page 25.
instrument cluster lights up to
The system may respond to operation
warn of pressure loss and tire
failure. This visual alert is accompanied on slippery or snow-covered road surby an acoustic warning signal. Reduce faces with false warnings or delays in
your speed immediately, and steer and detecting actual pressure loss.
brake gently as you bring the vehicle to Performance-oriented driving, slip at
the drive wheels and high rates of lata stop.
eral acceleration can also increase the
To reset the warning lamp: after replac- time that the Flat Tire Monitor requires
ing the damaged tire you will need to
to detect a flat.<
reset the red warning lamp manually:
maintain pressure on the Flat Tire Moni- System malfunctions
tor button until the warning lamp goes
The yellow indicator lamp in the instruout. Then reinitialize the system.
ment cluster lights up and remains on
until the problem is corrected.
The Flat Tire Monitor cannot pro-
Overview
Flat tire
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Parking lamps/Low beams
Follow me home lamps
Automatic headlamp control*
When you activate the headlamp
flasher after parking the vehicle with the
lamps turned off, the low-beam headlamps will come on for a short time.
When the switch is set to this
position the system automatically activates and cancels the
low beams in response to changes in
ambient light – in tunnels, at dusk, etc. –
and in the event of rain and snow.
You can also have this function
deactivated.<
LIGHTS ON warning
Parking lamps
The front, rear and side vehicle
lighting is switched on. You can
use the parking lamps to signal
the position of the vehicle when it is
parked. For lighting on one side for
parking as an additional feature, refer to
page 97.
Low beams
When the ignition is switched off
while the low beams are on, the
headlamps go out and only the
parking lamps remain on.
When you open the driver's door after
having turned the ignition key to position 0, you will hear an acoustic signal
for a few seconds to remind you that
the lamps have not been switched off.
Daytime driving lamps*
If you desire, the light switch can be left
in the second position: When the ignition is switched off, the external lighting
is also switched off.
You can have the activation settings for the daytime driving lamps
programmed on your vehicle.<
The vehicle's external lights
remain on constantly when you
switch on the front fog lamps after the
headlamps have come on automatically.<
Automatic headlamp control cannot serve as a substitute for the
driver's judgement in determining when
the vehicle lights should be switched
on. For example, the sensors are not
able to detect fog. To avoid safety risks,
you should respond to these kinds of
low-visibility situations by switching the
headlamps on manually.<
You can have the sensitivity of
your vehicle's automatic headlamp control adjusted.<
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High beams/Standing lamps
Turn the rotary dial with the parking/
low beam lamps on to adjust the illumination intensity.
1 High beams – blue indicator lamp
97
2 Headlamp flasher – blue indicator
lamp
3 Standing lamps
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
Instrument lighting
As an additional feature, you can illuminate your vehicle on either side for
parking:
Repairs
Standing lamps, left or right
Index
Data
With the ignition key in position 0,
engage the lever in the appropriate
turn-signal position.
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Fog lamps*
Interior lamps
Front fog lamps
The interior lamps operate automatically.
The green indicator lamp in the
instrument cluster lights up to
indicate that the front fog lamps
are on.
To switch the interior lamps on
and off manually
Press button 1 briefly:
If the automatic headlamp control
is on, the low beams will come on
automatically whenever you activate
the front fog lamps.<
Rear reading lamps*
Rear reading lamps are also provided
for rear seat passengers when the
hardtop is installed, refer to page 125.
Switch on and off with the button adjacent to each lamp.
If you want the interior lamps to remain
off all the time, press and hold the button for approx. 3 seconds.
In order to prevent battery discharge, all of the lamps in the
vehicle are automatically switched off
Press the button briefly to revert to nor- approx. 15 minutes after you turn the
mal operation.
ignition key to position 0.<
Front reading lamps*
Switch on and off with the button 2
adjacent to each lamp.
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Data
Repairs
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
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Air conditioning
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Air conditioning
101
2 Air for the upper body area 103
3 Air to the footwell
4 Air supply/Blower 102
Overview
1 Air onto the windshield and the side
windows
Maintenance
9 Outside air/Recirculated-air
mode 102
Repairs
8 Air conditioning 102
Data
7 Rear window defroster 102
Index
6 Air distribution 102
Controls
5 Temperature 102
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Air conditioning
Air supply/Blower
Rear window defroster
Outside air/Recirculated-air mode
You can select blower speeds
from 1 to 4. The heating and
ventilation become more and
more effective as the air supply settings are increased. In position 0,
the blower and the heater are switched
off. The outside air supply is blocked in
position 0.
When the rear window defroster
is activated, the indicator lamp
comes on. The rear window defroster
switches off automatically.
You can respond to unpleasant
external odors by temporarily
blocking the supply of outside air. The
system then recirculates the air currently within the vehicle.
Temperature
You can have your vehicle programmed in such a way that the
If the windows should fog over in
rear window defroster switches on
the recirculated-air mode, switch
automatically. This occurs within 5 min- this mode off and increase the air suputes after starting the engine when out- ply as required.<
side temperatures are below approx.
397/+46.<
In order to increase the temperature of the passenger
compartment, turn to the right
toward the red zone. The tem- Air conditioning
The air is cooled and dehumidiperature of the incoming air is kept confied and – depending on the
stant.
temperature setting – rewarmed.
Air distribution
You can direct air to flow onto
the windows
, toward your
upper body
or into the
footwell
. All intermediate
settings are possible. In the setting
,
there is a low flow of air onto the windows to keep them free of condensation.
Depending on the weather, the windshield may fog over briefly when the
engine is started. Air conditioning helps
prevent the windows from fogging up.
Condensation forms during operation of the air conditioning system,
which then exits under the vehicle. It is
thus not unusual for a small puddle to
form under the car while the system is
running.<
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103
Microfilter
2 Levers for airflow direction
3 Rotary dial 3 allows you to control the
temperature of the airflow from these
outlets as desired
Controls
Maintenance
Repairs
1 Rotary dials for infinitely variable
opening and closing of the vent outlets
1. Set the blower speed control for the
airflow rate to position 4
2. Turn the rotary temperature control
completely to the right, toward the
red zone
3. Turn to the rotary control for air distribution to position
4. Switch on the rear window defroster
to defrost the rear window.
Data
You can adjust the blower controls for
the upper body area to obtain the optimum airflow rates and directions for
your personal requirements:
To defrost windows and remove
condensation
Index
Draft-free ventilation
Overview
The built-in microfilter removes dust
and pollen from the incoming air. Your
BMW center will replace it during routine maintenance. A substantial reduction in airflow indicates that the filter
needs to be replaced before scheduled
maintenance.
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Automatic climate control*
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Automatic climate control*
105
5 Air supply/Blower 106
6 Temperature 106
7 Automatic air distribution and
supply 106
8 Individual air distribution 106
9 Air grill for interior temperature sensor – please keep clear and unobstructed
10 Temperature display 106,
air supply 106
11 To defrost windows and remove
condensation 106
Controls
4 Outside air/Automatic recirculatedair control (AUC)/Recirculated
air 107
Maintenance
3 Air to the footwell
Repairs
2 Air for the upper body area 107
Overview
1 Air onto the windshield and the side
windows
12 Air conditioning 106
Index
Data
13 Rear window defroster 107
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Automatic climate control*
Tips for pleasant driving
Use the automatic mode – switch on
with AUTO button 7. Select the desired
interior temperature.
Detailed setting options are described
for you in the following section.
You can make the settings of your
vehicle in such a manner that,
when you unlock the vehicle with the
remote control of your personal key,
your own personalized setting for the
automatic climate control is initiated.<
Automatic air distribution and
supply
The AUTO program adjusts the
air distribution and the air supply for you and in addition adapts the
temperature to external influences –
summer, winter – to meet preferences
you can specify.
the windows
, toward the upper
body
, and into the footwell
. You
can reactivate the automatic air distribution mode by selecting the AUTO
button.
Temperature
The interior temperature that
appears in the display panel is a
general figure intended for reference
purposes. We recommend 72 7/
+226 as a comfortable setting, even if
the air conditioning is on. When you
start the vehicle, the system ensures
that the selected temperature is
achieved as quickly as possible. It then
maintains this temperature, regardless
of the season.
To select the units of measure 6/7 of
the display, refer to page 85.
Air supply/Blower
By pressing the left or right half
of the button, you can vary the
air supply. This deactivates the autoYou can cancel the AUTO promatic control of the air supply, AUTO
gram by selecting specific disdisappears from the display panel. Nevtribution patterns to suit your
ertheless, the automatic air distribution
own individual requirements.
remains unchanged. You can reactivate
While the AUTO program is then deactithe automatic air distribution mode by
vated, the automatic airflow control
selecting the AUTO button.
remains in operation. Air flows onto
When the lowest blower speed is set
and you press the left half of the button,
all of the displays are canceled: the
blower, heating and air conditioning are
switched off. The outside air supply is
blocked. You can reactivate the system
by pressing any button for the automatic climate control.
To defrost windows and remove
condensation
This program quickly removes
ice and condensation from the
windshield and the side windows.
Air conditioning
The air is cooled and dehumidified and – depending on the
temperature setting – rewarmed.
Depending on the weather, the windshield may fog over briefly when the
engine is started. Air conditioning helps
prevent the windows from fogging up.
Individual air distribution
Condensation forms during operation of the air conditioning system,
which then exits under the vehicle. It is
thus not unusual for a small puddle to
form under the car while the system is
running.<
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Automatic climate control*
You can have your vehicle programmed in such a way that the
rear window defroster switches on
automatically. This occurs within 5 minutes after starting the engine when outside temperatures are below approx.
397/+46.<
Overview
Controls
Draft-free ventilation
You can adjust the blower controls for
the upper body area to obtain the optimum airflow rates and directions for
your personal requirements:
1 Rotary dials for infinitely variable
opening and closing of the vent outlets
2 Levers for airflow direction
3 Use the rotary dial to control the temperature of the airflow:
> Rotate toward blue – colder
> Rotate toward red – warmer.
Maintenance
> Indicator lamps off: outside airflow is
on
> Left indicator lamp on – automatic
mode: the system recognizes pollutants in the outside air and blocks the
flow of air when necessary. The system then recirculates the air currently
within the vehicle. Depending on the
air quality, the automatic system then
switches back and forth between
outside air supply and recirculation of
the air within the vehicle
> Right indicator lamp on: the flow of
outside air into the vehicle is permanently blocked. The system then
recirculates the air currently within
the vehicle.
With the convertible top closed
or with the hardtop* mounted,
press the button. The indicator lamp
comes on. The rear window defroster
switches off automatically.
Repairs
Press the button repeatedly to select
one of three different operating modes.
Rear window defroster
Data
You can respond to unpleasant
external odors or pollutants by
temporarily stopping the flow of outside
air. The system then recirculates the air
currently within the vehicle.
If the windows should fog over in
the recirculated-air mode, switch
this mode off and increase the air supply as required.<
Index
Outside air/Automatic
recirculated-air control (AUC)/
Recirculated air
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Automatic climate control*
Microfilter/activated-charcoal
filter
The built-in microfilter removes dust
and pollen from the incoming air. The
activated-charcoal filter provides additional protection by filtering gaseous
pollutants from the outside air. Your
BMW center replaces this combined filter as a standard part of your scheduled
maintenance. A substantial reduction in
airflow indicates that the filter needs to
be replaced before scheduled maintenance.
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Interior conveniences
Glove compartment
If – for example for valet parking –
you turn over only your door and
ignition key, refer to page 30, then
access to the glove compartment and
luggage compartment is not possible.<
Overview
109
To open
Pull the handle. The lamp in the glove
compartment comes on.
To close
It features integral overload-protection,
so it can be left in its holder continuously.
To avoid completely discharging
and possibly damaging the lamp,
always ensure that it is switched off
before inserting it in the socket.<
Maintenance
The flashlight is located on the lefthand side of the glove compartment.
Controls
Rechargeable flashlight
To prevent injury in the event of an
accident, close the glove compartment immediately after use.<
Repairs
Fold the cover back up.
Index
Lock with one of the master keys. A
master key will also be required to
unlock the glove compartment.
Data
To lock
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BMW Universal Transmitter*
The concept
To Canadian residents:
During programming, your handThe BMW Universal Transmitter
held transmitter may automatically stop
replaces up to three hand-held transtransmitting after two seconds. This
mitters of different devices such as
may not be long enough to program the
garage-door openers, alarm systems,
or door locking systems. The BMW Uni- BMW Universal Transmitter. If you are
programming from one of these handversal Transmitter recognizes and
learns the transmitted signal of each of held transmitters, the Universal Transmitter's light may begin to flash in a
the original hand-held transmitters.
series of double-blinks. If this occurs,
The signal of an original hand-held
continue to hold the key of the Univertransmitter can be programmed on one sal Transmitter while you reactivate
of the three channel keys. Following
your hand-held transmitter. You may
that, each of the devices can be actuhave to repeat this function several
ated with the appropriately-protimes while programming.<
grammed channel key. The indicator
lamp flashes to confirm transmission of
Before programming, read the
the signal.
User information section on
If the vehicle is sold, the memory of the
channel keys should be cleared as
described on page 112.
During programming and before
every remote actuation of a programmed device by the BMW Universal
Transmitter, check to be sure that there
are no persons, animals or objects
within the actuation range of the device
in order to prevent possible injuries or
damage. Also, comply with the safety
precautions of the original hand-held
transmitter.<
page 112.<
Original hand-held transmitter
If this symbol is present on the
packaging or in the instructions
of the original hand-held transmitter, it may be assumed that this
hand-held transmitter is compatible
with the BMW Universal Transmitter.
Checking for the conversion code
To determine whether the original
hand-held transmitter is provided with a
conversion-code system, you may
either read the instructions for the original hand-held transmitter or program a
channel key as described on the next
page, left-hand column under Programming.
Then press and hold the programmed
channel key of the BMW Universal
Transmitter. If the indicator lamp of the
BMW Universal Transmitter flashes for
two seconds and then comes on
steadily, the original hand-held transmitter is provided with a conversioncode system. With a conversion-code
system, program the channel keys as
described on the next page, right-hand
column under Programming a handheld transmitter with conversion code.
If you have additional questions,
please consult your BMW center
or call toll-free 1-800-355-3515.
You can also visit the website
www.bmwusa.com.<
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BMW Universal Transmitter*
2 Indicator lamp
Read and comply with the safety
precautions on the previous
page.<
1. Turn the ignition key to position 2
2. For initial use: press and hold both
outside keys 1 until the indicator
lamp 2 flashes, and then release
them. The three channel keys are
cleared
A second person facilitates programming of the BMW Universal
Transmitter.<
1. Program the BMW Universal Transmitter as described previously under
Programming
2. Press and hold the programming key
on the receiver of the device for
approx. two seconds until the programming lamp on the device comes
on
The corresponding channel key is now
programmed with the signal of the orig- 3. Press the desired channel key of the
BMW Universal Transmitter three
inal hand-held transmitter.
times.
Controls
Maintenance
1 Channel keys
3. Hold the original hand-held transmitter up to the receiver integrated into
the mirror, i.e., right near the keys, a
maximum of 2 in/5 cm away
4. Press the transmission key of the
original hand-held transmitter, see
arrow 2, and the desired channel key
of the Integrated Universal Remote
Control, see arrow 1, simultaneously.
Release both keys as soon as the
indicator lamp flashes rapidly
5. To program other original hand-held
transmitters, repeat steps 3 and 4.
Index
Programming
When programming the BMW Universal
Transmitter, consult the instructions for
the specific device. For using the BMW
Universal Transmitter with a conversion-code system, note the following
supplemental programming instructions:
Repairs
Read and comply with the safety
precautions on the previous
page.<
Data
Programming a hand-held
transmitter with conversion code
Overview
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BMW Universal Transmitter*
If you have additional questions,
please consult your BMW center.<
Storage compartments
cause harmful interference, and must
accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
Clearing the channel keys
Read and comply with the safety
precautions on page 110.<
The memory of individual channel keys
cannot be deleted. However, the three
channel keys can be cleared together
as follows:
> Press and hold both outside keys of
the BMW Universal Transmitter until
the indicator lamp flashes, and then
release them.
Front center armrest
All of the channel keys are cleared.
Additional compartments and
nets*
User information
You will find additional storage compartments in the front doors and in the
center console. Storage nets are on the
front seat backrests.
Do not use this BMW Universal Transmitter with any garage door opener that
lacks safety stop and reverse features
as required by federal safety standards,
this includes any garage door opener
model manufactured before April 1,
1982.
To open: press the button – see arrow –
and lift upward.
This device complies with part 15 of the
FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: as defined in
the regulations, this device may not
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Storage compartments
Cellular phone*
Ashtray, front*
Beverage holder, coin box
Hands-free system
To empty
A coin box and two beverage holders
are provided in the center console.
On vehicles that are wired for a telephone* or equipped with a communication package*, the cover for the handsfree microphone is located in the headliner near the interior lamp.
Press on the edge of the open cover –
see arrow: the ashtray moves up and
can be removed.
For further information on using your
cellular phone, refer to the separate
Owner's Manual.
Hold or touch the hot cigarette
lighter by the knob only. Holding
or touching it in other areas could result
in burns.
The cigarette lighter remains operational when the ignition key has been
removed. For this reason, children
should never be left in the vehicle unattended.<
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
113
Data
Index
Press the lighter 1 in. You can remove
the lighter from its socket for use as
soon as it springs back out.
Repairs
Cigarette lighter
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Ashtray, front*
Ashtray, rear*
Cigarette lighter socket
Suitable for attaching power supplies
for flashlights, car vacuum cleaners,
etc., up to a rating of approx. 200 watts
at 12 volts. Avoid damage to the socket
caused by inserting plugs of different
shapes or sizes.
To empty
Press on the edge of the raised cover in
the opening direction – see arrow: the
ashtray moves up and can be removed.
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Loading and transporting
Ski bag*
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Overview
The ski bag allows the safe and clean
transport of up to 4 pairs of standard
skis or up to two snowboards.
1. Take the safety belts out of their
holders
2. Press button downward – see arrow
– and remove the filler piece by pull- To store the ski bag, perform the above
steps in reverse sequence.
ing it forward
3. Extend the ski bag between the front
seats. The zipper provides conveSecuring cargo
nient access to stored items. It may
Secure skis and any other objects
be opened to allow the ski bag to dry
stored in the bag by tightening the
Repairs
4. Press the release button in the luggage compartment – see arrow
5. Use the magnetic holder to fasten
the cover panel to the back wall.
retaining strap at the buckle.<
Index
Be sure that your skis are clean
before loading them into the bag.
Avoid damage from sharp edges during
loading.<
Data
Loading
Maintenance
Controls
The length of the ski bag and the additional space provided in the luggage
compartment make it possible to carry
skis up to 6 ft 10 in / 2.10 m long.
Because of the tapered shape of the
bag, only two pairs of skis longer than
6 ft 10 in / 2.10 m can be carried.
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Ski bag*
Cargo loading
When reattaching the cover, guide
both bars into the guide and press
the cover back into place. Secure the
safety belts in their holders again.<
Always position and secure loads
correctly. If you do not, the load
can endanger the passengers during
braking or evasive maneuvers.
Do not exceed the approved gross
weight or the approved maximum axle
loads, refer to page 164, otherwise the
vehicle's operating safety is no longer
assured and you are in violation of the
law.
Do not stow heavy or hard objects in
the passenger compartment without
securing them. Otherwise they could be
thrown around during braking and evasive maneuvers and could endanger the
passengers.<
Stowing cargo
> Load heavy cargo as far forward as
possible – directly behind the luggage compartment partition – and as
low as possible
> Cover sharp edges and corners.
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Cargo loading
Overview
Maintenance
Controls
Read and comply with the information
enclosed with the load-securing
devices.
Repairs
> For small, light items, use the rubberlined, non-skid side of the floor mat
or secure using the luggage compartment net* or elastic straps
> For large, heavy pieces, see your
BMW center for load-securing
devices*. Anchorages located in the
luggage compartment can be used
for fastening the load-securing
devices; see arrow.
Data
Securing cargo
Index
With the convertible top closed,
you can increase the space in the
luggage compartment – refer to
page 37 – by folding back the convertible top compartment panel.
We recommend that you always fold
the convertible top compartment panel
down as soon as you have removed
your cargo from the luggage compartment. This way, you can be sure that
you can always operate your convertible top at any time.
At the same time, when the top is
raised you should fold the convertible
top compartment panel back up before
stowing large objects in the luggage
compartment; this precaution will help
reduce the likelihood of damage to
either the convertible top compartment
or your luggage.<
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Roof-mounted luggage rack for the hardtop*
You should therefore always remember
not to exceed the approved roof load
capacity, the approved gross vehicle
weight or the maximum axle loads
when loading the rack. These weights
are listed under Technical data on
page 164.
A special roof-rack system is available
as an optional extra for your BMW.
Please observe the precautions
included with the installation instructions.
Anchorages
Access to the anchorages:
To fold up the covers – see arrow –
please use the tool which is provided
with the roof-rack system.
Loading and driving notes
Make sure that the load is not too bulky,
and attempt to distribute it evenly.
Always load the heaviest pieces first so
that they are at the bottom. Make sure
that no objects will be in the way when
the luggage compartment lid is opening
or closing.
Secure the roof-mounted luggage correctly and securely to prevent it from
shifting or being lost during driving.
Drive smoothly and avoid sudden
acceleration or braking. Do not corner
at high speeds.
The roof-mounted luggage rack and the
roof load increase the aerodynamic
resistance: increased fuel consumption
and additional stress on the vehicle's
body are the result.
Roof-mounted luggage racks raise the
center of gravity of the vehicle when
they are loaded. For this reason, they
exercise a major effect on the vehicle's
handling and steering response.
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Index
Data
Repairs
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
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Overview
Overview
Operation, maintenance
Maintenance
Controls
Controls and features
Repairs
Owner service procedures
Data
Technical data
Index
Index
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Special operating instructions
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Break-in procedures
To ensure that your vehicle continues to
provide maximum economy throughout
an extended service life, we request
that you devote careful attention to the
following instructions.
Tires
Engine and differential
Owing to technical factors associated
with their manufacture, tires do not
achieve their full traction potential until
an initial break-in period has elapsed.
We thus ask you to drive with extra care
during the first 200 miles/300 km.
The first 1,250 miles/2,000 km:
Always obey all official speed limits.
Attempt to constantly vary both vehicle
and engine speeds during these initial
miles while remembering to avoid
engine speeds in excess of 4,500 rpm
and/or vehicle speeds of over
100 mph / 160 km/h:
Always obey all official speed limits.
Refrain from using full throttle and avoid
pressing the accelerator beyond the
kickdown point.
When the vehicle is operated on
wet or slushy roads, a wedge of
water may form between the tire and
the road surface. This phenomenon is
referred to as hydroplaning, and can
lead to partial or complete loss of traction, vehicle control and braking effectiveness. Reduce your speed on wet
roads.<
You can then proceed to increase both Brake system
engine and vehicle speeds once the iniApprox. 300 miles/500 km must elapse
tial 1,250 miles/2,000 km have elapsed.
before the brake pads and rotors
Please remember to observe the same achieve the optimal pad-surface and
break-in procedures if either the engine wear patterns required for trouble-free
or the differential should have to be
operation and an extended service life
replaced later in the course of the vehi- later on.
cle's service life.
To break in the separate parking brake
drums, apply the parking brake lightly
when coasting to a standstill – at a traffic signal, for instance; use caution to
avoid posing a danger to other road
users.
You can prevent corrosion in the drums
by periodically repeating this procedure.
The brake lamps do not come on
when the parking brake is set.
Vacuum for the brake system servo unit
on your BMW is available only when the
engine is running. When you move the
vehicle with the engine off – when towing, for example – substantially higher
levels of pedal force will be required to
brake the vehicle.<
Clutch
Approx. 300 miles/500 km must elapse
before the clutch starts to operate at
optimum efficiency. Remember to
engage the clutch carefully during this
initial period.
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Braking with ABS
Cornering Brake Control (CBC)
If you are in a situation that requires full
braking, you will exploit the full benefits
of ABS system if you apply maximum
pedal pressure – panic stop.
CBC is an advanced engineering development of ABS. When braking during
cornering with high lateral acceleration, or when braking during a lane
change, vehicle stability is improved
and the steering response is enhanced.
Since the vehicle maintains steering
responsiveness, you can avoid possible
obstacles with a minimum of steering
effort, despite the full brake application.
Pulsation at the brake pedal combined
with sounds from the hydraulic circuits
indicates to the driver that ABS is in its
active mode.
Dynamic Brake Control (DBC)
Index
DBC is included in the DSC, refer to
page 90. The system responds to sudden, high-intensity applications of force
to the brake pedal by automatically
braking the vehicle with maximum
boost to achieve the shortest possible
braking distances during panic stops.
This system also exploits the benefits of
ABS. Do not reduce the pressure
Overview
ABS keeps the wheels from locking
during braking, thereby enhancing
active driving safety.
exerted against the brake pedal until
the braking maneuver has been completed. DBC is deactivated when you
release the brake pedal.
Controls
The concept
Maintenance
Brakes: do not drive with your foot
resting on the brake pedal. Even
light but consistent pedal pressure can
lead to high temperatures, brake wear
and possibly even brake failure.
Hydroplaning: when driving on wet or
slushy roads, reduce vehicle speed. If
you do not, a wedge of water may form
between the tires and the road surface.
This phenomenon can lead to partial or
complete loss of contact between the
tires and road surface, as well as loss of
vehicle control and braking ability.
Driving through water: do not drive
through water on the road if it is deeper
than 1 ft/30 cm, and then only at walking speed. Otherwise, the vehicle's
engine, the electrical systems and the
transmission may be damaged.
Clothes hooks, with hardtop: when
hanging clothing from the hooks, be
sure that they will not obstruct the
driver's vision. Do not hang heavy
objects on the hooks. If you do so, they
could cause personal injury during
braking or evasive maneuvers.<
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Repairs
Antilock Brake System (ABS)
Data
Driving notes
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Brake system
Brake fluid level
If the brake fluid level is too low and
brake pedal travel has become longer,
there may be a defect in one of the
brake system's hydraulic circuits.
Proceed to the nearest authorized BMW center. It may be necessary to apply higher levels of pressure to the pedal when stopping and
braking distances may also be longer.
Please remember to adapt your driving
style accordingly.<
Disc brakes
Limited vehicle use, extended periods
with the vehicle parked or in storage,
and operating conditions in which braking is restricted to gentle, low-pressure
applications will all increase the tendency for corrosion to form on the
rotors; this is often accompanied by a
simultaneous accumulation of contamination on the brake pads. The pads
must exert a certain minimal level of
pressure against the rotors for the disc
brakes' inherent self-cleaning effect to
remain effective.
If the brake rotors are corroded, they
will tend to respond to braking with a
pulsating effect that even extended
brake applications will fail to cure.
When driving in heavy rain and on wet
roads it is useful to apply light pressure
to the brake pedal every few miles.
Monitor traffic conditions to ensure that
this maneuver does not pose a hazard
to you or to other road users. The heat
generated in this process helps dry the
pads and rotors to ensure that your
brake system will respond with undiminished efficiency when you need it.
When descending steep hills and
extended grades, downshift to a gear
that will allow you to continue safely
with only a minimal amount of braking.
By minimizing the loads placed on the
brake system, this strategy helps
ensure that optimal brake system
response will remain available at all
times. Use care to avoid exceeding the
approved engine-speed range, refer to
page 81.
engine provides no braking effect when
the clutch is depressed and there is no
power-assist for braking or steering
when the engine is not running.
Never allow floor mats, carpets or any
other objects to protrude into the area
around the accelerator, clutch and
brake pedals and obstruct their movement.<
Brake pads
For your own safety: use only
brake pads that BMW has
released for your particular vehicle
model. BMW cannot evaluate nonapproved brake pads to determine if
they are suitable for use, and therefore
cannot ensure the operating safety of
the vehicle if they are installed.<
Do not coast with the clutch
depressed or with the transmission or selector lever in Neutral. Do not
coast with the engine shut off. The
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Hardtop*
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To facilitate hardtop installation or
removal, you can obtain a specially
designed hardtop lift* or hardtop rack*
at your BMW center.
Controls
1. Lower the side windows completely and flip the sun blinds
down. If necessary, remove the
antenna rod to avoid any damage
2. On vehicles with manual convertible top operation, first release the
convertible top compartment lid,
and, if necessary, open it somewhat. On vehicles with fully-automatic convertible top operation,
open the convertible top compartment lid slightly by pressing the
button for the operation of the convertible top
3. Remove the trim pieces on both
sides by pulling them off toward
the back – see arrow – and reclose
the convertible top compartment
lid
Maintenance
Storing the hardtop on the floor:
slide the styrofoam block that
came with the hardtop onto its center.
The arrow on top of the styrofoam block
has to be pointing upward when you
are doing this.<
Repairs
Two people are required for installation
or removal. Work with extreme caution
in order to avoid paint damage and
damage to the body or hardtop.
Installation
Data
When hanging clothing from the
hooks, be sure that they will not
obstruct the driver's vision. Do not hang
heavy objects on the hooks. If you do
so, they could cause personal injury
during braking or evasive maneuvers.<
Storage
Index
The hardtop offers reading lamps and
clothes hooks that can be used just by
pressing. It is also possible to mount a
luggage rack on the roof. Please consult your BMW center.
Overview
It is not necessary to remove the fabric
top even in the winter, when the hardtop is generally in constant use. But you
can also remove it easily at any time.
Before the fabric top is stored in the
convertible top compartment, it must
be absolutely dry in order to avoid
water spots and mildew from forming.
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Hardtop*
7. Position the hardtop onto the supports with the help of a second
person. Be sure to put the mountings exactly into the proper brackets
Lift the hardtop carefully. Be
extremely careful not to shift the
seals. Seals that have been shifted out
of place or actually pulled out cause
leaks.<
4. Open the two locking levers at the
front. Press on the buttons to do so
– see arrow. The levers will release
slightly. Open the lever as far as
possible
5. Before installing, first flip the cover
panels that are located underneath
the left and right interior lamps
down. To do this, press on the
slight bump on the cover panel.
There is a holder in the cover panel
to securely store the trim pieces
that have been removed – see
arrow 1
6. Open the red release levers as far
as the stop will allow – see arrow 2
8. In the back, close the red locking
levers by turning to the inside as far
as the stop located behind the trim
will allow. Flip the cover panels
back into place
9. To lock the hardtop in the front,
keep pressing on the front locking
levers until you hear them engage
10. Check the rubber weather-stripping between the windshield frame
and the top on both the left and
right sides. If it is folded or bent out
of place you should smooth it back
into position by hand to ensure
secure and reliable sealing.
Removal
Follow the same procedure as when
installing, just reverse the steps.
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Wheels and tires
Tire condition
It is not merely the tire's service life, but
also driving comfort and – above all else
– driving safety that depend on the condition of the tires and the maintenance
of the specified tire inflation pressure.
Tire tread – tire damage
Inspect your tires frequently for tread
wear, signs of damage and for foreign
objects lodged in the tread. Check the
tread depth.
Tread depth should not be allowed to
go below 1/8 in / 3 mm, even though
the legally specified minimum tread
depth is 1/16 in / 1.6 mm.
Below 1/8 in / 3 mm tread depth, there
is a great risk of hydroplaning, even at
relatively moderate speeds and with
only small amounts of water on the
road. Tread wear indicators in the
tread-groove base – see arrow – are
distributed around the wheel circumference and are labeled on the tire side-
Index
Incorrect tire inflation pressure is
a frequent cause of tire damage.
Tire pressure also has a major effect on
your BMW's handling response. Be
sure to check the tire inflation pressure,
including the space-saver spare tire or
the spare tire, on a regular basis, at
least twice a month and before every
extended journey, refer to page 25.
Otherwise, incorrect tire pressure can
lead to poor handling, to tire damage
and accidents.<
Do not drive on a deflated – flat –
tire. A flat tire greatly impairs
steering and braking response, and can
lead to complete loss of control over
the vehicle. Avoid overloading the vehicle so that the permitted load on the
tires is not exceeded. Overloading can
lead to overheating and internal tire
damage.
The ultimate result can assume the
form of a sudden air loss.
Unusual vibrations encountered during
normal vehicle operation can indicate a
flat tire or some other vehicle malfunction. This type of problem can be
caused by contact with curbs, etc. This
is also true for irregularities in the vehicle's handling characteristics, such as a
pronounced tendency to pull to the left
or right. Should this occur, respond by
immediately reducing your speed. Pro-
Controls
The factory-approved tires are matched
to your vehicle and have been selected
to provide optimum safety and driving
comfort when used properly.
Maintenance
wall with TWI – Tread Wear Indicator. At
a tread depth of 1/16 in / 1.6 mm, the
indicators signal that the legally permissible wear limit has been reached.
Repairs
Information for your safety
Overview
127
Data
Tire inflation pressure
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Tire condition
Tire replacement
ceed carefully to the nearest BMW center or professional tire center, or have
the vehicle towed in to have it, its
wheels or its tires inspected.
Tire damage up to and including sudden and complete air loss can endanger the lives of both the vehicle occupants and other road users.<
To maintain good handling and vehicle Traction
response, use only tires of a single
The traction grades, from highest to
tread configuration from a single manu- lowest, are AA, A, B and C.
facturer.
Those grades represent the tire's ability
to stop on wet pavement as measured
DOT quality grades
under controlled conditions on speciTread wear
fied government test surfaces of
Traction AA A B C
asphalt and concrete. A tire marked C
may have poor traction performance.
Temperature A B C
All passenger car tires must conform to Federal Safety Requirements in addition to these grades.<
Tread wear
The tread wear grade is a comparative
rating based on the wear rate of the tire
when tested under controlled conditions on a specified government test
course.
For example, a tire graded 150 would
wear one and one-half – 1 1/2 – times as
well on the government course as a tire
graded 100. The relative performance
of tires depends upon the actual conditions of their use, however, and may
depart significantly from the norm due
to variations in driving habits, service
practices and differences in road characteristics and climate.
The traction grade assigned to
this tire is based on straightahead braking traction tests, and does
not include acceleration, cornering,
hydroplaning, or peak traction characteristics.<
Temperature
The temperature grades are A – the
highest – B and C, representing the
tire's resistance to the generation of
heat and its ability to dissipate heat
when tested under controlled conditions on a specified indoor laboratory
test wheel.
Sustained high temperature can cause
the material of the tire to degenerate
and reduce tire life, and excessive temperature can lead to sudden tire failure.
The grade C corresponds to a level of
performance which all passenger car
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Tire replacement
BMW recommends the replacement of
all tires – including the spare tire* –
when the tires are no more than 6 years
old, even if a tire life of 10 years is possible.
Run Flat tires*
Tread wear 200
Traction AA
Temperature A
BMW advises against using
retreaded tires, since driving
safety may be impaired. This is due to
the possible variations in casing structures and, in some cases, to their
extreme age, which can lead to a
decrease in their durability.<
Run Flat tires consist of self-supporting
tires and special rims. The tire reinforcement ensures that the tire retains
some residual safety in the event of
pressure drop and driving remains possible to a restricted degree. The vehicle
is equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitor (TPM) or Flat Tire Monitor, which
indicate a flat tire.
For additional information on Tire Pressure Monitor (TPM) or Flat Tire Monitor
refer to pages 92, 93.
Data
Quality grades can be found where
applicable on the tire sidewall between
tread shoulder and maximum section
width. For example:
Run Flat tires are only possible in
conjunction with the Tire Pressure Monitor (TPM) or Flat Tire Monitor.<
Index
Uniform Tire Quality Grading
Overview
DOT... 3502 indicates that the tire was
manufactured in week 35 of the year
2002.
Controls
The date on which the tire was manufactured is indicated by the code on the
sidewall:
Maintenance
The temperature grade for this tire
is established for a tire that is
properly inflated and not overloaded.
Excessive speed, underinflation, or
excessive loading, either separately or
in combination, can cause heat buildup
and possible tire failure.<
Tire age
Repairs
tires must meet under the Federal
Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 109.
Grades B and A represent higher levels
of performance on the laboratory test
wheel than the minimum required by
law.
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Wheel and tire combinations
Winter tires
The right choice
Choosing the right tire
BMW recommends using only
wheels and tires that have been
approved by BMW for your particular
vehicle model, as otherwise body contact and serious accidents can result
despite the use of the same nominal
size, e.g. due to manufacturing tolerances. BMW cannot evaluate all tires
and wheels on the market, and is thus
unable to guarantee that the vehicle will
continue to perform safely if unapproved tires and/or wheels are
mounted.<
For each tire size, BMW has assessed
the safe performance of specific tire
brands and approved them for use.
Consult any BMW center for details.
Comply with any local/national regulations, for example by recording the tire
type in the vehicle documents.
The correct wheel and tire combination affects various systems
that would otherwise be impaired, for
example ABS, ASC+T/DSC and
ADB/DBC.
For this reason, use only tires of the
same manufacture and tread configuration. In the event of a flat tire, for example, remount the approved wheel and
tire combination as soon as possible.<
Storage
Store tires in a cool, dry place, protecting them against light whenever possible. Protect the tires against contact
with oil, grease and fuel.
BMW recommends winter tires – M+S
tires – for operation under inclement
winter driving conditions. While all-season tires – M+S designation – provide
better winter traction than the corresponding summer tires, they generally
do not achieve the performance of winter tires.
In the interest of safe tracking and
steering response, install winter tires
made by the same manufacturer and
with the same tread configuration on all
four wheels.
Never exceed the maximum
speed for which the winter tires
are rated.
Unprofessional attempts by laymen to
service tires can lead to damage and
accidents.
Have this work performed by trained
professionals only. Any BMW center
has the required technical knowledge
and the proper equipment and will be
happy to assist you.<
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Snow chains*
Only certain snow chains have been
tested by BMW and determined and
approved as roadworthy. Consult any
BMW center for details. BMW recommends using only these approved finelink snow chains. Use them in pairs on
either summer or winter tires, but only
on both rear wheels.
Comply with all manufacturer's safety
precautions when mounting the chains.
Do not exceed a speed of 30 mph /
50 km/h when using snow chains.
You cannot mount snow chains with the
following tires:
Controls
Maintenance
Comply with the specified tire inflation
pressures — and be sure to have the
wheel and tire assembly balanced
every time you change a tire or wheel.
Repairs
255/35 R 18
At tread depths below approx.
3/16 in/4 mm, winter tires display a perceptible decrease in their ability to cope
with winter driving conditions, and
should be replaced in the interest of
safety.
Overview
245/40 R 17
Data
Tire condition, tire pressure
131
225/45 R 17
225/40 R 18
Index
225/50 R 16
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132
Hood
To release
To open
To close
Pull the lever located under the lefthand side of the instrument panel.
Pull the release handle and open the
hood.
Allow the hood to fall from a height of
about 1 ft/30 cm so that it audibly
engages.
Do not attempt to service your
vehicle if you do not have the
required technical background. Failure
to work in an informed, professional
manner when servicing components
and materials constitutes a safety hazard for vehicle occupants and other
road users. If you are not familiar with
the guidelines, please have the operations performed at your BMW center.<
To avoid injuries, be sure that the
travel path of the hood is clear
when it is closed, following the same
safety precautions used in all closing
procedures.
If you notice while driving that the hood
is not completely closed, stop immediately and close it securely.<
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Data
Repairs
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
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Engine compartment essentials
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3 Coolant expansion tank 138
4 Reservoir for the headlamp and windshield washer system 136
Overview
1 Brake fluid reservoir 139
2 Engine oil dipstick 136
Maintenance
Repairs
Data
Index
6 Auxiliary terminal for jumpstarting 157
Controls
5 Engine oil filler neck 137
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Washer fluid
Engine oil
The oil volume between the two marks
on the dipstick corresponds to approx.
1.1 US quarts/1 liter. Do not fill beyond
the upper mark on the dipstick. Excess
oil will damage the engine.
Headlamp* and windshield
washer system
Approximate capacity is
5.6 US quarts/5.3 liters.
Fill with water and – if required – with a
washer antifreeze additive according to
manufacturer's recommendations.
We recommend that you mix the
washer fluid before adding it to
the reservoir.<
Antifreeze agents for the washer
fluid are highly flammable. For this
reason, keep them away from sources
of flame and store them only in original
containers, inaccessible to children.
Comply with the instructions on the
containers.<
Checking the oil level
1. Park the vehicle on a level surface
2. Switch the engine off after it has
reached normal operating temperature
3. After approx. 5 minutes, pull the dipstick out and wipe it off with a clean
lint-free cloth, paper towel, or similar
material
4. Carefully push the dipstick all the
way into the guide tube and pull it
out again
5. The oil level should be between the
two marks on the dipstick.
As with fuel economy, oil consumption
is directly influenced by your driving
style and vehicle operating conditions.
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Engine oil
Wait until the level has dropped to just
above the lower mark before adding oil.
However, you should never let the oil
drop below the lower mark.
BMW engines are designed to
operate without oil additives; the
use of additives could lead to damage
in some cases. This also applies to the
manual transmission, the automatic
transmission, the differential, and the
power steering system.<
Recommendation: have the oil changed
at your BMW center.
Specified engine oils
The quality of the engine oil is
extremely important for the operation
and service life of an engine. Based on
extensive testing, BMW has approved
only certain grades of engine oil.
Use only approved BMW High Performance Synthetic Oil.
If an approved BMW High Performance
Synthetic Oil should be unavailable, you
may use small amounts of other synthetic oils for topping up between oil
changes. Use only oils with the specification API SH or higher.
Viscosity is the oilflow rating as established in SAE classes.
The selection of the correct SAE class
depends on the climatic conditions in
the area where you drive your BMW.
Approved oils are in SAE classes
5W-40 and 5W-30.<
These kinds of oil may be used for driving in all ambient temperatures.
Index
Adding engine oil
Controls
Viscosity ratings
Comply with the applicable environmental laws regulating the disposal of used oil.<
Maintenance
You can also call BMW of North America toll-free at 1-800-831-1117 or visit
this website: www.bmwusa.com to
obtain this information.
Repairs
Ask your BMW center for details
concerning the specific BMW
High Performance Synthetic Oil or synthetic oils that have been approved.<
Data
Continuous exposure to used oil
has caused cancer in laboratory
testing. For this reason, any skin areas
that come into contact with oil should
be thoroughly washed with soap and
water.
Always store oil, grease, etc., out of
reach of children. Comply with all warning labels and information on lubricant
containers.<
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Coolant
Do not add coolant to the cooling
system when the engine is hot. If
you attempt to do so, escaping coolant
can cause burns.
Antifreeze and anti-corrosion agents
are hazardous to health. You should
always store them in their closed original containers and in a location which is
out of reach of children. Antifreeze and
anti-corrosion agents are inflammable.
For this reason, do not spill them on hot
engine parts. They could ignite and
cause serious burns. Comply with the
instructions on the containers.<
Comply with the applicable environmental laws regulating the disposal of antifreeze with corrosion inhibitor.<
Checking the coolant level and
adding coolant
Check the coolant level when the
engine is cold, approx. 68 7/+206.
1. Open the cap for the expansion tank
by turning it slightly counterclockwise to allow accumulated pressure
to escape, then open
2. The coolant level is correct when the
upper end of the red float rod – see
arrow – is at least even with the
upper edge of the filler neck, but no
more than 3/4 in / 2 cm above – that
is, up to the second mark on the float
rod
3. If necessary, add coolant. If the coolant is low, slowly add coolant until
the correct level is reached – do not
overfill.
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Brake fluid
Adding brake fluid
For adding brake fluid or for determining and correcting the cause of brake
fluid loss, consult your BMW center.
Your BMW center is familiar with the
specifications for factory-approved
brake fluids – DOT 4.
Brake fluid loss results in extended
pedal travel. Refer to the information on
page 124.
Comply with the applicable environmental laws regulating
the disposal of brake fluid.<
Overview
Controls
Maintenance
Repairs
Parking brake warning lamp for
Canadian models.
Data
The brake warning lamp comes
on when the parking brake is
not engaged: the brake fluid
level is too low, refer to page 18.
Brake fluid is hygroscopic, that is,
it absorbs moisture from the air
over time.
In order to ensure the brake system's
safety and reliability, have the brake
fluid changed every two years by a
BMW center. Refer also to page 83 and
to the Service and Warranty Information
Booklet for US models or the Warranty
and Service Guide Booklet Booklet for
Canadian models.
Brake fluid is toxic and damages the
vehicle's paint. You should always store
it in its original container and in a location which is out of reach of children.
Do not spill the brake fluid and do not
fill the brake fluid reservoir beyond the
MAX mark. The brake fluid could ignite
upon contact with hot engine parts and
cause serious burns.<
Index
Indicator lamp
139
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The BMW Maintenance System
From a maintenance point of view,
62,000 miles/100,000 km accumulated
in short-distance urban driving are not
the equivalent of the same distance
covered at moderate cruising speeds in
long-distance highway travel.
The BMW Maintenance System
includes the Engine Oil Service and
Inspections I and II.
The BMW Maintenance System has
been designed as a reliable means of
providing maximum driving and operating safety – and as cost-effectively for
you as possible.
Please keep in mind that regular maintenance is not only necessary for the
safety of your vehicle, but also plays a
significant role in maintaining its resale
value.
Service interval display
While conventional systems rely on
milage alone to determine when service
is due, the BMW Maintenance System
reflects the actual conditions under
which the vehicle is operated: some
miles are more strenuous than others.
This service strategy accurately reflects
your own vehicle's specific needs by
defining maintenance intervals according to individual operating conditions.
Minimal use drivers – significantly fewer
than 6,200 miles/10,000 km annually –
should have the engine oil changed at
least every 2 years since oil deteriorates over time, regardless of use.
Service and Warranty Information
Booklet for US models/Warranty
and Service Guide Booklet for
Canadian models
As a precaution against corrosion, if
your vehicle is exposed to potential
damage from unimproved road surfaces we suggest that you have the
body checked for damage from stone
chips and gravel at the same time.
Have your BMW center perform
maintenance and repair.
Be sure that all maintenance work is
recorded in the Service and Warranty
Information Booklet for US models, or
in the Warranty and Service Guide
Booklet for Canadian models. These
entries confirm that your vehicle has
benefitted from regular maintenance,
and are also required for warranty
claims.<
Care
You can find everything you need to
know on this topic by consulting the
separate Caring for your vehicle brochure.
For additional information on required
maintenance intervals and procedures,
please refer to the Service and Warranty Information Booklet for US models or the Warranty and Service Guide
Booklet for Canadian models.
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Laws and regulations
California Proposition 65 warning
OBD interface socket
141
If the indicator blinks or flashes, this
indicates a high level of engine misfire.
Reduce speed and contact the nearest
BMW center immediately. Severe
Maintenance
Controls
An illuminated indicator informs
you of the need for service, not
that you need to stop the vehicle. However, the systems should be
checked by your BMW center at the
next opportunity.
Repairs
This interface makes it possible to
access data on emissions-related components using special equipment.
Data
The interface socket for onboard diagnostics is located on the left-hand side
of the driver's side, behind a specially
marked cover located beneath the
instrument panel. The cover has the letters OBD on it.
Index
Engine exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain vehicle components contain or emit chemicals
known to the State of California to
cause cancer and birth defects and
reproductive harm. In addition, certain
fluids contained in vehicles and certain
products of component wear contain or
emit chemicals known to the State of
California to cause cancer and birth
defects or other reproductive harm.
Battery posts, terminals and related
accessories contain lead and lead compounds. Wash your hands after handling.
Used engine oil contains chemicals that
have caused cancer in laboratory animals. Always protect your skin by
washing thoroughly with soap and
water.<
Overview
California laws require us to state the
following warning:
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engine misfiring for even a short period
of time can seriously damage emission
control system components, especially
the catalytic converter.
SERVICE ENGINE SOON warning lamp for Canadian models.
If the fuel filler cap is not on tight
enough, the OBD system can
detect leaking vapor and the indicator
will light up. If the fuel filler cap is then
tightened, the indicator will usually go
out after a short period of time.<
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Data
Repairs
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
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Overview
Operation, maintenance
Maintenance
Controls
Controls and features
Repairs
Owner service procedures
Data
Technical data
Index
Index
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Onboard tool kit
Windshield wiper blades
The onboard tool kit is located in the
luggage compartment lid.
1. Switch off the engine
2. Fold the wiper arm completely out
from the windshield
3. Position the wiper blade at an angle
and pull the release spring – see
arrow
4. Fold the wiper blade down and
unhook it toward the windshield
5. Pull the wiper blade past the wiper
arm toward the top
6. Insert a new wiper blade and apply
pressure until you hear it engage.
Loosen the wingnut to open.
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Lamps and bulbs
Before working on the electrical
system, switch off the electrical
accessory you are working on or disconnect the cable from the negative
terminal of the battery. Failure to
observe this precaution could result in
short circuits.
To prevent injuries and damage, comply with any instructions provided by
the bulb manufacturer.<
Low beams and high beams
H7 bulb, 55 watts
Because of the extremely high
voltages involved, any work on the
1 Low beams
xenon lighting system, including bulbchanging, should be carried out by
2 High beams
technically qualified personnel only.
The H7 bulb is pressurized. There- Otherwise, there is a risk of fatal
fore, wear safety glasses and pro- injury.<
tective gloves. Failure to comply with
this precaution could lead to injury if the
bulb is damaged.<
Engine compartment, left side
1. Turn the two release catches at the
front to the left – see arrow – to
remove the bulb holder
2. Remove and replace the bulb.
Controls
Maintenance
The service life of these bulbs is very
long and the probability of a failure is
very low, provided that they are not
switched on and off an unusual number
of times. If one of these bulbs should
nevertheless fail, it is possible to continue driving with great caution using
the fog lamps, provided local traffic
laws do not prohibit this.
Repairs
A replacement bulb set is available from
your BMW center.
Xenon lamps*
Index
Do not touch the glass portion of
a new bulb with your bare hands
since even small amounts of impurities
burn in to the surface and reduce the
service life of the bulb. Use a clean
cloth, paper napkin, or a similar material, or hold the bulb by its metallic
base.<
When cleaning the headlamps,
please follow the instructions in
the Caring for your vehicle brochure.<
Data
The lamps and bulbs make essential
contributions to the safety of your vehicle. Therefore, comply fully with the following instructions during bulb replacement. If you are not familiar with any of
the procedures, consult your BMW
center.
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Parking lamps
Front turn signal indicators
5 watt bulb
21 watt bulb
1. Extend a long screwdriver through
the upper opening and loosen the
internal clamp
2. Extract the lamp by removing it from
the front
3. Applying light pressure, turn the bulb
to the left. Remove and replace the
bulb
Engine compartment, left side:
1. Turn the bulb holder to the left – see
arrow – and remove
2. Remove and replace the bulb.
4. Align the lamp assembly's two ridges
and the centering pin with the guides
on the vehicle when installing
5. Slide in the lamp, applying gentle
pressure until you hear it snap into
place.
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5 watt bulb
1. Use finger pressure against the rear
end of the lamp – see arrow – to
press it forward for removal
2. Apply gentle pressure to the bulb
while turning it to the left to remove.
1 Turn signal indicator
The illustration shows the right-hand
side of the luggage compartment.
2 Backup lamp
Bulbs in the fender:
3 Tail lamp
All of the bulbs are integrated in a central bulb holder.
Tail lamps 4: 21/4 watt bulb
Remaining bulbs: 21 watts
1. Unscrew the bulb holder – see arrow
in close-up view – to remove
2. Unplug the power supply plug. Set
the bulb holder aside – on the luggage compartment floor, for example
3. Applying light pressure, turn the bulb
to the left. Remove and exchange the
bulb
4. Plug in the power supply fitting
5. Screw the bulb holder back on – see
arrow in close-up view.
Index
4 Tail lamp/brake lamp
Repairs
Tail lamps
Data
Side turn signal indicators
Maintenance
Controls
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Bulbs in the luggage compartment lid:
1. Using a screwdriver, loosen the clip
2. Swing trim panel down – see arrow 1.
Unlock bulb holder – see arrow 2 –
and remove
3. Applying light pressure, turn the bulb
to the left. Remove and exchange the
bulb
4. Press the bulb holder into place continuing until you hear it engage
5. Reinstall the trim panel with the clip.
Center high-mount brake lamp
LED strip on the rear window.
Please contact your BMW center in
case of a malfunction.
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Changing a wheel
1. Place a screwdriver in the slot and
press toward the left – see arrow – to
release the lens
2. Replace the bulb.
Controls
Maintenance
5 watt bulb
Repairs
License plate lamps
steering lock. Shift into 1st or Reverse,
or if you have an automatic transmission position the selector lever in Park,
and engage the parking brake.
All passengers should be outside the
vehicle and well away from your immediate working area – behind a guardrail,
for example.
If a warning triangle or portable hazard
warning lamp is available, set it up on
the roadside at an appropriate distance
from the rear of the vehicle. Comply
with all safety guidelines and regulations.
Change the wheel only on a level, firm
surface which is not slippery. Avoid
jacking the vehicle on a soft or slippery
support surface – snow, ice, loose
gravel, etc. – as either the vehicle or the
jack could slip sideways.
Position the jack on a firm support surface.
Do not place wooden blocks or similar
objects under the jack. They could prevent the jack from extending to its full
height and reduce its support capacity.
Do not lie under the vehicle or start the
engine when the vehicle is supported
by the jack. There is otherwise a risk of
fatal injury.<
Index
Safety precautions in the event of
a flat tire or wheel change:
Stop the vehicle as far as possible from
passing traffic. Park on a firm, flat, surface. Switch on the hazard warning
flashers. Turn the steering wheel to the
straight-ahead position and engage the
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Data
Lamps and bulbs
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Changing a wheel
Your BMW is equipped with a spacesaver spare tire designed for temporary
use in maintaining the vehicle's mobility
in an emergency.
To remove the space-saver spare
tire, lift the floor panel in the luggage compartment completely out,
refer to page 37.<
What you will need
In order to avoid rattling noises later,
note the position of the tools when you
remove them and return them to their
original position when you are through
using them.
> Jack 1
Raise the floor panel in the luggage
compartment, refer to page 37, and
undo the jack – see arrow.
When you have completed work, fold
the handle back and insert it in its
holder
> Chock 2
Located behind the jack on the wall
in the luggage compartment. Loosen
the wingnut to remove it
> Space-saver spare tire – next to jack
Loosen the wing nut – see arrow – by
hand, remove the storage shelf and
take the wheel out
> Lug wrench – in the onboard tool kit
on the underside of the luggage compartment lid, refer to page 146.
Procedure
1. Read and comply with the safety
precautions provided on the previous page
2. Secure the vehicle to prevent it
from rolling:
Place the chock against the rear
surface of the front tire on the side
opposite the side being raised. If
the vehicle is parked on a downward slope, place the chock
securely in front of the tire. If the
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Data
8. Remove accumulations of mud and
dirt from the mounting surfaces of
the wheel and hub. Clean the lug
bolts
9. Position the new wheel or the
space saver spare tire on the hub
and screw at least two lug bolts finger-tight into opposite bolt holes
10. Screw in the remaining lug bolts.
Screw in all the bolts in a diagonal
pattern
11. Lower the jack and remove it from
beneath the vehicle
12. Tighten the lug bolts securely in a
diagonal pattern
Index
5. Position the jack at the jacking
point – see arrows – closest to the
flat tire with the jack base vertically
below the jacking point and the
entire surface of the head of the
jack moves into the square recess
of the jacking point when the jack
is cranked – refer to the detail in the
next illustration
6. Continue raising the vehicle up
until the wheel you are changing is
raised from the ground
7. Unscrew the lug bolts and remove
the wheel
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
wheel must be changed on a surface with a more severe slope, take
additional precautions to secure
the vehicle from rolling
3. Wheels with full wheel covers*:
reach into the ventilation openings
and pull the cover off
4. Loosen the lug bolts by rotating
half a turn
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Do not place the full wheel cover
on the space-saver spare tire,
since this could damage the cover.<
13. Wheels with full wheel covers*:
place the wheel cover with the
valve opening – see arrow – over
the valve. Use both hands to press
the cover securely onto the rim
14. Check and correct the tire inflation
pressure at the earliest opportunity.
Vehicles with Tire Pressure Monitor
(TPM)/Flat Tire Monitor:
After mounting the spare tire or
correcting the tire inflation pressure, reinitialize the system, refer to
page 92.
Protect valve stems and valves from dirt
using screw-on valve stem caps. Dirty
valve stems frequently lead to slow
pressure loss.
The vehicle jack is designed for
changing wheels only. Do not
attempt to raise another vehicle model
with it or to raise any other type of load.
To do so could cause accidents and
personal injury.
To ensure continued safety, have the
tightness of the torque bolts checked
with a calibrated lug wrench – torque
specification: 88.5 lb ft/120 Nm – at the
earliest opportunity.<
Be aware that vehicle handling may be
altered. Anticipate, e.g., reduced tracking during braking, longer braking distances and changed steering characteristics when approaching limit
conditions. These handling characteristics will be even more pronounced if
winter tires are mounted.
Only one space-saver spare tire
may be mounted at one time.
Mount a wheel and tire of the original
size at the earliest possible opportunity.<
When storing a wheel in the spare tire
recess, take care to avoid bending the
threaded rod.
If light-alloy wheels other than original
BMW light-alloy wheels have been
mounted, it may be necessary to use
different lug bolts for those wheels.
Replace the defective tire as soon as
possible and have the new wheel/tire
balanced.
Driving with the space-saver
spare tire
Drive cautiously. Do not exceed a
speed of 50 mph / 80 km/h.
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Run Flat tires*
Additional information on the Tire Pressure Monitor (TPM) or Flat Tire Monitor
is found beginning on page 92.
Index
Reduce vehicle speed carefully to
under 50 mph / 80 km/h, avoiding hard > Tire inflation pressure of 0 psi/
0 kilopascal (kPa):
brake applications and steering maneuapprox. 100 miles/150 km
vers.
Run Flat tires are labeled on the side> Tire inflation pressure of approx.
If it cannot be determined immediately
wall with a circular symbol containing
7-15 psi/50-100 kPa:
the letters RSC. Run Flat tires consist of from the outside which wheel is defecapprox. 300 miles/500 km
tive, check the tire inflation pressure at
self-supporting tires and special rims.
> Tire inflation pressure greater than
The tire reinforcement ensures that the all four wheels.
15 psi/100 kPa:
tire retains some residual safety in the
approx. 600 miles/1,000 km.
Have Run Flat tires replaced by
event of pressure drop and driving
your BMW center. In the interest
remains possible to a restricted degree.
Drive cautiously. Do not exceed a
of safety, Run Flat tires should not be
The vehicle is equipped with a Tire
speed of 50 mph / 80 km/h. Be
repaired. Your BMW center has the
Pressure Monitor (TPM) or Flat Tire
aware that vehicle handling will be
information needed for working with
Monitor, which indicate a flat tire.
altered when there is a loss in inflation
Run Flat tires and is equipped with the
pressure. Anticipate, e.g., reduced
necessary special tools.<
Because the sides of Run Flat
tracking during braking, longer braking
tires are reinforced, a drop in infladistances and changed steering charIf appropriate, please consult your
tion pressure usually cannot be
acteristics.<
BMW center to reequip your vehidetected from the outside.<
cle from summer to winter tires – or vice
versa.<
Controls
Run Flat tires allow you to continue
driving to a restricted degree at a maximum speed of 50 mph / 80 km/h
depending on the cargo load and the
extent of tire damage. You can determine the distance you may continue
driving on the basis of the following values:
Maintenance
If there is a tire failure, the red warning
lamp symbol lights up. This visual alert
is accompanied by an acoustic warning
signal.
Repairs
Driving with a damaged tire
Data
Flat tire
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Battery
Maintenance
The battery is maintenance-free, that is,
the original electrolyte will normally last
for the service life of the battery under
moderate climatic conditions.
Fuses
Return used batteries to a recycling point or your BMW center.
Maintain the battery in an upright position for transport and storage. Secure
the battery against tilting during transport.<
Please consult your BMW center
whenever you have any questions
concerning the battery. The battery is
completely maintenance-free; the following section is provided for your
information only.<
Never disconnect the battery
when the engine is running; the
ensuing voltage surge would seriously
damage the vehicle's onboard electronic systems.<
Charging the battery
When charging the battery in the vehicle, leave the engine off at all times.
Connect the charge cables to the terminals in the engine compartment. For
terminal locations, refer to Jump-starting on page 157.
You will find the fuses and information
on their respective allocation in the
glove compartment behind a panel with
two snap clips.
Do not attempt to repair a blown
fuse or replace it with a fuse
having a different color or amperage
rating. To do this could cause a fire in
the vehicle resulting from a circuit overload.<
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Giving and receiving assistance
Jump-starting
6. Start the engine of the support vehicle and let it run for several minutes
at a slightly elevated engine idle
speed
7. Start the engine of the other vehicle
as usual. If the first start attempt is
not successful, wait a few minutes
before another attempt in order to
allow the discharged battery to
recharge
8. Before disconnecting the jumper
cables, let the engines run for a few
minutes
9. Then disconnect the jumper cables
in reverse sequence.
Depending on the cause of the fault,
have the battery checked and
recharged by your BMW center.
Controls
Maintenance
4. The auxiliary jump-starting terminal
located in your BMW's engine compartment acts as the positive battery
terminal. The cover of this auxiliary
terminal is marked with a + sign.
Remove by pulling the tab – see
arrow 1.
Start by connecting the jumper cable
from the positive terminal of the discharged battery to the positive terminal of the support battery
5. Then connect the negative terminals
with the other jumper cable. First
connect one end to the negative battery terminal or to a suitable ground
Repairs
1. The battery in the support vehicle
must also be rated at 12 volts. This
information is provided on the battery
label
2. Stop the engine of the support vehicle and switch off all electrical components in both vehicles – except for
the hazard warning flashers of the
support vehicle
3. Make absolutely certain that there is
no contact between the bodywork of
the two vehicles – short circuit hazard
Always adhere to this sequence
when connecting jumper cables;
failure to observe this procedure can
lead to sparks at the battery terminals
and pose an injury hazard.<
Data
Do not touch high-voltage wiring
and cables on a running engine.
Contact with components carrying high
voltage can be harmful or fatal. Carefully observe the following instructions
to avoid personal injury and/or damage
to one or both vehicles.<
on the support vehicle. Then connect
the other end to the negative battery
terminal or a suitable ground on the
vehicle being started.
Your BMW is equipped with a special
nut for this purpose – see arrow 2
Index
When your battery is discharged you
can use two jumper cables to start your
vehicle with power from the battery in a
second vehicle. You can also use the
same method to help start another
vehicle. Only use jumper cables with
fully insulated handles on the terminal
clamps.
Overview
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Jump-starting
Towing the vehicle
Do not use spray starter fluids to
start the engine.<
Towing eyelet
Rear:
The screw-in towing eyelet is stored in
the onboard tool kit; be sure that it
remains in the vehicle at all times. It is
designed for installation in the tow
sockets located at the front and rear of
the vehicle, and is intended for towing
on paved road surfaces only. The towing eyelet should not be used to pull a
vehicle out of deep snow, mud, sand,
etc. Always observe all applicable towing laws and regulations.
Press out the cover panel with a screwdriver inserted in the recess at the top.
Make sure the towing eyelet is
firmly screwed all the way in, otherwise the thread could be damaged.
Never attach tie-down hooks, chains,
straps, or tow hooks to tie rods, control
arms, or any other part of the vehicle
suspension, as severe damage to these
components will occur, possibly leading to accidents.<
Access to tow sockets
Front:
Press out the cover panel with a screwdriver inserted in the recess at the top.
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Repairs
Never allow passengers to ride in
a towed vehicle for any reason.
Never attach tie-down hooks, chains,
straps, or tow hooks to tie rods, control
arms, or any other part of the vehicle
suspension, as severe damage to these
components will occur, possibly leading to accidents.<
Data
> Do not tow with sling-type equipment
> Use wheel-lift or flatbed equipment
> Please comply with applicable state
towing laws.
Index
Towing with a commercial tow
truck
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
Towing the vehicle
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Overview
Overview
Operation, maintenance
Maintenance
Controls
Controls and features
Repairs
Owner service procedures
Data
Technical data
Index
Index
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Engine data
BMW 325Ci
BMW 330Ci
Displacement
Number of cylinders
cu in/cm3
152.2/2,494
6
181.8/2,979
6
Maximum power output
at engine speed
hp/kW
rpm
184/135
6,000
225/165
5,900
Maximum torque
at engine speed
lb ft/Nm
rpm
175/237
3,500
214/290
3,500
Compression ratio
ε
10.5
10.2
Stroke
Bore
in/mm
in/mm
2.95/75
3.31/84
3.53/89.6
3.31/84
Fuel-injection system
Digital electronic engine-management system (DME)
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Data
Repairs
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
163
Index
Dimensions
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Weights
BMW 325Ci
BMW 330Ci
Curb weight
with manual transmission
with automatic transmission
lbs/kg
lbs/kg
3,560/1,615
3,627/1,645
3,616/1,640
3,704/1,675
Approved gross vehicle weight
with manual transmission
with automatic transmission
lbs/kg
lbs/kg
4,442/2,015
4,509/2,045
4,497/2,040
4,575/2,075
Approved front axle loads
lbs/kg
2,083/945
2,094/950
Approved rear axle loads
lbs/kg
2,546/1,155
2,579/1,170
Approved maximum roof load for the hardtop
lbs/kg
165/75
165/75
Luggage compartment capacity
with the convertible top compartment raised
cu ft/l
cu ft/l
9.2/260
10.6/300
9.2/260
10.6/300
Never exceed either the approved axle loads or the approved gross vehicle weight.
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Capacities
165
Fuel quality, refer to
page 25
Windshield/
Headlamp washer reservoir
quarts/liters
approx. 5.6/5.3
For details, refer to
page 136
Cooling system including heating circuit
quarts/liters
approx. 8.9/8.4
For details, refer to
page 138
Engine oil and filter change
quarts/liters
approx. 6.9/6.5
BMW High Performance
Synthetic Oil
Specifications, refer to page 136
–
Lifetime lubricant, no oil change
required
Data
Index
Manual and automatic transmission and differential
Controls
approx. 16.6/63
approx. 2.1/8
Maintenance
gal./liters
gal./liters
Repairs
Fuel tank
Reserve
Overview
Notes
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Overview
Overview
Operation, maintenance
Maintenance
Controls
Controls and features
Repairs
Owner service procedures
Data
Technical data
Index
Index
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Everything from A to Z
A
ABS Antilock Brake
System 123
indicator lamp 19
Accessories 5
Activated-charcoal filter 108
ADB Automatic Differential
Braking 88
Adding brake fluid 134, 139
Air conditioning
100, 102, 106
Air distribution 102
automatic 106
individual 106
Air nozzles 100, 104
Air outlets 100, 104
Air pressure 127
check 25
Air supply 102, 106
Air supply/Blower
recirculated-air mode 107
Airbags 61
warning lamp 18
Alarm system 38
avoiding false alarm 39
indicator lamp 39
interior protection 38
tilt alarm sensor 38
Antifreeze 138
Antilock Brake System
(ABS) 123
indicator lamp 19
Anti-theft system 30, 38
Armrest 112
ASC+T Automatic Stability
Control plus Traction 88
indicator lamp 19
Ashtray
front 113
rear 114
AUC Automatic recirculated-air control 107
Automatic car wash, refer to
the Caring for your vehicle
brochure
Automatic climate
control 104
Automatic cruise control 79
Automatic curb monitor 58
Automatic Differential Braking (ADB) 88
Automatic dimming, interior
rearview mirror 60
Automatic headlamp
control 96
Automatic recirculated-air
control (AUC) 107
Automatic Stability Control
plus Traction (ASC+T) 88
indicator lamp 19
Automatic transmission with
Steptronic 74
indicator lamps 19
Auxiliary terminal for jumpstarting 134, 157
Average fuel
consumption 86
Average speed 86
Avoiding unintentional
alarms 39
Axle loads 164
B
Backrest
unlock 55
Backup lamps 73
replacing bulb 149
Battery 156
charge 156
charge current 18
charge indicator lamp 18
Belts 56
Beverage holder 113
Blower 100, 102, 106
BMW High Performance
Synthetic Oils 137
BMW Maintenance
System 140
BMW Universal
Transmitter 110
Bore 162
Bottle holder, see Beverage
holder 113
Brake
warning lamp 18
Brake fluid level 124
warning lamp 18, 139
Brake hydraulics
warning lamp 18
Brake lamps
replacing bulb 149
Brake pads 124
indicator lamp 19
Brakes
driving notes 123
malfunctions 124
parking brake 72
Break-in procedures 122
Bulb, replacing 147
C
California Proposition
65 warning 141
Can holder, see Beverage
holder 113
Capacities 165
Car care, refer to Caring for
your vehicle brochure
Car radio
refer to the Owner's Manual for Radio
Car telephone
refer to the separate
Owner's Manual
Car vacuum cleaner, connecting 114
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E
Electric power windows 40
Overview
Controls
Maintenance
D
Data
dimensions 163
engine 162
technical 162
weights 164
Daytime driving lamps 96
DBC Dynamic Brake
Control 123
warning lamp 19
Defrost position 103, 106
Defrosting rear window
102, 107
Defrosting windows
103, 106
Digital clock 84
Dimensions 163
Dipstick, engine oil 136
Disc brakes 124
Displacement 162
Display lighting 97
Displays 16
Distance warning PDC 87
Door key 30
Door lock buttons 34
Doors
emergency operation 33
manual operation 33
remote control 31
unlocking and locking
31, 33
Driving notes
braking 123
disc brakes 124
general information 123
hydroplaning 123
DSC Dynamic Stability
Control 90
indicator lamp 19
DTC Dynamic Traction
Control 90
Dynamic Brake Control
(DBC) 123
warning lamps 19
Dynamic Stability Control
(DSC) 90
indicator lamp 19
Dynamic Traction Control
(DTC) 90
Repairs
Copyright 4
Cornering Brake Control
(CBC) 123
indicator lamp 19
Cruise control 79
indicator lamp 20
Cup holder, see Beverage
holder 113
Curb weight 164
Cushion height 163
Data
Cleaning position, convertible top 45, 50
Cleaning windshield 79
Clock 84
setting 84
Cockpit 14
Code, refer to the Owner's
Manual for Radio
Coin box 113
Compartments 112
Compression ratio 162
Computer 85
Condensation
removing from windows
103, 106
Consumption
display 82
fuel 86
Convertible top
cleaning position 45, 50
closing in an
emergency 48
electrical fault 48
Convertible top activation
fully automatic top 46
manual top 41
Convertible top compartment panel, folding
down 37
Coolant 134, 138, 165
indicator lamp 19
Cooling system 165
Index
Car wash, refer to the Caring
for your vehicle brochure
Cargo loading 116
Cassette player operation,
refer to the Owner's Manual for Radio
CBC Cornering Brake
Control 123
indicator lamp 19
CD player operation, refer to
the Owner's Manual for
Radio
Cellular phone 113
Center armrest 112
Center high-mount brake
lamp 150
Central locking system 30
button 34
Changing a wheel 151
Check Control 83
Check Filler Cap
indicator lamp 19
Checking coolant level 138
Checking oil level 136
Child seats 63
integrated 61
Child-restraint mounting
system (LATCH) 66
Child-restraint system 63
Cigarette lighter 113
Clean headlamps 79
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Electrical accessories, failure 156
Electrical malfunction
convertible top 48
doors 33
fuel filler door 24
Emergency operation
closing the convertible
top 48
doors 33
fuel filler door 24
Emergency release
luggage compartment
lid 36
Emissions, minimum, refer
to Energy control 81
Energy control 81
Engine
displacement 162
power output 162
starting 70
switching off 72
torque 162
Engine compartment 134
Engine coolant 165
adding 138
temperature gauge 82
Engine data 162
Engine electronics
warning lamp 19
Engine oil
adding 134, 136
capacity 165
consumption 136
quality 137
viscosity 137
Engine oil level
check 134
indicator lamp 19
warning lamp 18
Engine oil pressure
warning lamp 18
Engine oil types 137
Engine speed 162
Entering the rear
rear entry aid 55
Environmentally-friendly
driving, refer to Energy
control 81
Exterior mirrors 59
Eyelet, towing 158
F
False alarm, avoiding 39
Fault displays 83
First-aid kit 23
Flashlight 109
Flat tire 127, 151
Flat Tire Monitor 93
indicator lamp 18, 19
Fog lamps 98
Follow me home lamps 96
Footbrake 124
see Driving notes 123
Front fog lamps 98
indicator lamp 20
Front seat adjustment 52
Frost protection
radiator 138
Fuel 25
Fuel consumption 86
display 82
Fuel economy, refer to
Energy control 81
Fuel filler door 24
release following an electrical malfunction 24
Fuel gauge 82
Fuel specifications 25
Fuel tank
capacity 165
display 82
gauge 82
Fuel-injection system 162
Fully automatic convertible
top 46
activation 46
opening, closing 47
Fuses 156
replacing 156
G
Garage-door opener 110
Gasoline 25
gauge 82
Glove compartment 109
Grills 100, 104
Gross vehicle weight 164
H
Hands-free system 113
Hardtop 125
Hazard warning flashers 14
Hazard warning triangle 23
Head restraints 54
Headlamp flasher 97
Headlamp washer
reservoir 134
Headlamp washer system
136, 165
Headlamps 96
automatic control 96
Heated mirrors 59
Heated seats 58
Heavy loads 116
High beams 77, 97
indicator lamp 21
replacing bulb 147
Holder for beverages 113
Hood release 132
Horn 14
Hydraulic Brake assistant,
see DBC
Hydroplaning 123, 127
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M
M+S tires 130
Maintenance 83, 140
Malfunction displays 83
Manual convertible top 41
closing 44
opening 42
operation 41
Manual operation of convertible top during electrical fault 48
Manual transmission 73
N
Navigation System, refer to
the separate Owner's
Manual
Neckrest 54
O
OBD interface socket 141
Odometer 81
Oil
capacity 165
quality 137
viscosity 137
Overview
Controls
Maintenance
L
Labels, tires 130
Lamps
daytime driving lamps 96
fog lamps 98
interior lamps 98
panel lighting 97
parking lamps 96
reading lamps 98
replacing 147
standing lamps 97
Lashing fittings 117
LATCH child-restraint
mounting system 66
Length 163
License plate lamp
replacing bulb 151
Light switch 96
Lighter 113
Lighting, see Lamps
LIGHTS ON warning 96
Load-securing devices 116
Lock, steering wheel 70
Master keys 30
MC operation, refer to the
Owner's Manual for Radio
MD operation, refer to the
Owner's Manual for Radio
Memory 57, 69
Vehicle Memory, Key
Memory 69
Microfilter 103, 108
Microphone 113
Mirror
exterior 59
interior 60
Mirror defrosting 59
Mirror memory 57
Mirrors 59
Modifications, technical 5
Multifunction switch 77
Repairs
K
Key Memory 69
Keys 30
Low beams 96
replacing bulb 147
Lug wrench 151
Luggage compartment 35
capacity 164
enlarge volume 37
floor panel 37
folding down convertible
top compartment panel 37
opening from the inside 35
Luggage compartment lid 35
emergency release 36
manual operation 35
remote control 32
securing separately 35
Luggage compartment lighting 35
Luggage rack 118
Lumbar support 53
Data
J
Jack 151
Jump-starting 157
Index
I
Ice warning 85
Ignition key 30
positions 70
Ignition lock 70
Imprint 4
Indicator lamps 18
Individual settings
Vehicle Memory, Key
Memory 69
Inflation pressure 25, 127
monitoring 92
INSPECTION 83
Instrument cluster 16
Instrument lighting 97
Instrument panel 14, 16
Interface socket for onboard
diagnostics (OBD) 141
Interior lamps 32, 98
remote control 32
Interior motion sensor 38
remote control 32
switching off 32, 39
Interior rearview mirror 60
automatic dimming
feature 60
Interior temperature, adjustment 106
Interlock 70
Intermittent mode 78
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Oil additives 137
Oil change intervals, refer to
the Service and Warranty
Information Booklet for US
models/Warranty and Service Guide Booklet for
Canadian models
Oil consumption 136
Oil dipstick 136
Oil filter change 165
Oil level
checking 136
indicator lamp 19
warning lamp 18
Oil pressure
warning lamp 18
OIL SERVICE 83
Oil types 137
Onboard computer, refer to
the Owner's Manual for
Onboard Computer
Onboard tool kit 146
Opening and closing
from the inside 34
via the door lock 33
via the remote control 31
Operating elements 14
Outlets, ventilation 104
Outside temperature display 85
P
Panic mode, trigger alarm
32
Park Distance Control
(PDC) 87
Parking aid 87
Parking brake 72
Parking lamps 96
replacing bulb 148
PDC Park Distance
Control 87
Pocket flashlight 109
Pollen 103, 108
Power output 162
Power seat 53
Pressure, tires 25, 92, 127
monitoring 92
R
Radiator 165
Radio, refer to the Owner's
Manual for Radio
Rain sensor 78
Range 86
Reading lamps
front 98
rear 98
Rear lamps 149
Rear window defroster
102, 107
Rearview mirror 59
Recirculated-air mode
102, 107
Refueling 24
Remote control 31
Remote control keys 30
Replacement key 30, 31
Reporting safety defects 6
Reserve indicator lamp 82
Restraint system 63
Reverse 73
Rims 130
Rollover protection
system 67
indicator lamp 19
lowering 67
Roof load capacity 164
Roof-mounted luggage rack
118, 125
Run Flat tires 129, 155
S
Safe seating position 52
Safety belts 56
seat-integrated safety belt
system (SGS) 55
Seat
rear entry aid 55
Seat adjustment 52
lumbar support 53
thigh support 53
Seat heating 58
Seat memory 57
Securing cargo 116
Securing child-restraint system 65
Securing devices 117
Selector lever, automatic
transmission 74
Service and Warranty Information Booklet 140
Service Engine Soon
warning lamp 19
Service interval display
83, 140
Setting
clock 84
Shiftlock 74
Side airbags 61
Side turn signal indicators
replacing bulb 149
Size 163
Ski bag 115
Snow chains 131
Socket 114
Spare key 30
Spare tire 151
Speedometer 16
Standing lamps 97
Starting problems 70
Starting the engine 70
Steering wheel lock 70
Steering wheel with multifunction buttons 22
Steering wheel, adjusting 59
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V
Vacuum cleaner, connecting 114
Vehicle
break-in procedures 122
starting 70
switching off 72
Vehicle battery 156
Vehicle Memory 69
Vehicle weight 164
Ventilation 100, 104
draft-free 103, 107
W
Warning lamp "Fasten safety
belts" 18
Warning lamps 18
Warning messages 83
Overview
Controls
Maintenance
U
Uniform Tire Quality
Grading 129
Universal Transmitter 110
Used batteries 156
Warranty and Service
Guide 140
Warranty, refer also to separate booklet 6
Washer fluid
adding 136, 165
indicator lamp 19
Washer reservoir
filling 165
Washer/wiper system 78
Water on roadways
deep water 123
Wear indicator for tires 127
Weights 164
Wheel slip control, see
DSC 90
Wheel, changing 151
Wheelbase 163
Wheels and tires 130
Width 163
Wind deflector 50
Window condensation
removing 103, 106
Windows
convenience operation 33
defrosting 103, 106
Windshield washer reservoir
filling 136, 165
Windshield wipers 78
Winter tires 130
Wiper blades, replacing 146
Repairs
Trunk lid, see Luggage compartment lid 35
Turn signal indicator 77
indicator lamp 20
replacing bulb 148
Turning circle 163
Data
T
Tachometer 16, 81
Tail lamp assembly
replacing bulb 149
Tail lamps 149
replacing bulb 149
Tank capacity 165
Technical data 162
Technical modifications 5
Telephone hookup 113
Telephone, refer to the separate Owner's Manual
Temperature adjustment
102, 106
Temperature display
engine coolant 82
interior temperature 106
outside temperature 85
Temperature layering
103, 107
Thigh support area, adjusting 53
Third brake lamp 150
Tilt alarm sensor
remote control 32
switching off 32, 39
Time 84
Tire damage 127
Tire inflation pressure
25, 127
pressure specifications 25
Tire Pressure Monitor
(TPM) 92
indicator lamp 19
warning lamp 18
Tire replacement 128
Tire tread 127
Tires
labels 130
Tools 146
Torque 162
Towing eyelet 158
Towing the vehicle 158
TPM Tire Pressure
Monitor 92
indicator lamp 19
Track 163
Transmission 73
Transporting children
safely 63
Tread depth, tires 127
Tread wear indicator 127
Trip odometer 81
Trunk, see Luggage compartment 35, 164
Index
Steptronic 74
Storage compartments 112
Stroke 162
Summer tires 130
Switching off the engine 72
Symbols 4
Synthetic oils 137
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Work in the engine compartment 132
X
Xenon lamps 147
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Data
Repairs
Maintenance
Controls
Overview
175
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Refueling
To ensure that you always have convenient access to all essential information
when you stop for fuel, we recommend
that you fill out the adjoining chart by
entering the data that apply to your
vehicle. Consult the index for individual
specifications.
Fuel
Designation
Please enter your preferred fuel here.
Engine oil
Quality
The oil volume between the two marks
on the dipstick corresponds to approx.
1.1 US quarts/1 liter.
Tire inflation pressure
Summer tires
Front
Rear
Winter tires
Front
Rear
Up to 2 persons
4 persons plus luggage
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